First Arabica coffee postharvest, cupping lab opens in Benguet

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BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opens today, July 7, the first Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project for Arabica Coffee Postharvest Processing and Cupping Laboratory in the country at the Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, Benguet. The Laboratory is to continue research and extension services to coffee farmers in the Cordillera Region; improve the quality of Arabica coffee products; enhance income generation of Arabica coffee farmers and processors; and eventually create alternative job opportunities to coffee farmers and their families DTI-Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said the facility will be a big boost not only to the coffee industry but to coffee farmers as well. Under the agreement with DTI-CAR, the BSU will be the laboratory’s cooperator, who will manage and technically assist the facility while DTI-CAR Regional Office will regularly conduct monitoring and evaluation on site to ensure efficiency of service.

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