• PCAF to hold nat’l coffee summit

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    To encourage more farmers and investors to venture into coffee-related businesses, the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) together with its Coffee Industry Development subcommittee is set to hold the National Coffee Summit (NCS) on April 14 and 15 at the DA Compound in Quezon City.

    The two-day event will bring together government agencies as well as private sector stakeholders concerned with coffee production, processing, marketing, financing and other aspects of the coffee industry in a plenary workshop to identify the critical issues and concerns confronting its development.

    The objective of the NCS will be to generate a clear outline of sound policy recommendations that will address the issues and concerns raised in the workshop.

    At present, the Philippines is one of only a few countries with the geographical diversity to grow four commercially-viable coffee varieties. These include Robusta, Arabica, Liberica and Excelsa.

    Despite the large funds allocated by DA and other government offices for the development of the industry, the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority revealed that coffee showed a negative 4.04-percent growth rate in 2013-2014. From 78,634 metric tons in 2013, the production of dried coffee beans declined to 75,454 metric tons in 2014.

    PCAF, the consultative arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on policy issues affecting the agriculture and fishery sector, said that both the government and private sectors have worked and are continuing to work together to intervene in the development of the coffee industry.

    Part of these initiatives is the launch of the NCS with the theme “Strengthening Partnerships for Sustainable Coffee Industry, Industriya ng Kape sa Pilipinas: Palakasin at Pag-ibayuhin.”

    Besides the discussion, the summit also aims to highlight coffee production processes and industry’s latest equipment through an exhibit.

    “The summit is a catalyst for the DA program implementers and coffee stakeholders to harmonize the existing programs for the coffee industry, for the benefit of our farmers,” said PCAF Executive Director Ariel Cayanan.

    More than 200 participants are expected to join the summit. Attendance in the workshop is by invitation only as the space is limited.

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