BAGUIO CITY: The Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project intends to boost the competitiveness of the coffee industry sector in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) through its Cordillera Coffee Development Framework Plan.
CHAMRP manager Cameron Odsey disclosed during a recent media forum that the plan presents four strategies: increase productivity, expand production, raise profit of coffee farmers and entrepreneurs and improve quality.
The plan’s target is to hike productivity by 50 percent per coffee tree.
Odsey said it also aims to promote adoption of zoning to increase coffee productivity.
The highest yield per tree can be produced by identifying suitable areas for specific coffee variety such as Robusta in Apayao and Arabica in Benguet.
The plan identifies the need to create centralized processing centers and other accessible infrastructure that will benefit coffee farmers, as well as the need to augment institutional support from private coffee councils.
The Cordillera region has a total annual coffee production of around 5,627 metric tons of several varieties that include Arabica, Excelsa, Liberica and Robusta.
Coffee is considered the one-town, one-product of the region.
GABY B. KEITH