DTI vows to make PHL coffee sector competitive

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) vowed to prioritize coffee producers in the government’s assistance for small businesses to accelerate their production in the next four years. Read more: DTI vows to make PHL coffee sector competitive

PCA urges coco farmers to engage in group marketing

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is encouraging coconut farmers to work together and engage in group marketing so they could negotiate for a higher price for their copra. Read more: PCA urges coco farmers to engage in group marketing

Meet Davao’s Willy Wonka who put PH chocolate on the world map

DAVAO–The future couldn’t be any sweeter for Rex Puentespina, who has grown the Malagos brand from a humble mom-and-pop operation to an award-winning “tree-to-bark” chocolate producer respected around the world. Read more: Meet Davao’s Willy Wonka who put PH chocolate on the world map

Supporting cacao processors

The industry of cacao beans in Davao City has a huge potential on the domestic market and the City Agriculture’s Office (CAO) is currently putting efforts of support to the recently-formed Davao City Chocolate Processor Council (DCCPC) to answer to this domestic demand. Read more: Supporting cacao processors 

Corn coffee gaining ground

Like in Metro Manila, the growing number of coffee shops in Isabela province is an indication that the coffee industry is enjoying a recovery. But in Isabela, corn coffee has its own loyal following. Read more: Corn coffee gaining ground 

Cacao farmers undergo training on post-harvest processing

SOGOD, Southern Leyte, April 12 (PIA)  —  Some 23 cacao growers from this municipality and those coming from the towns of Tomas Oppus, Libagon, and Bontoc gathered for two days at Villa Catalina to learn proper handling of harvested cacao beans. Read more: Cacao farmers undergo training on post-harvest processing

Cacao sector robust despite threats

Farmers are still faced with productivity challenges such as low productivity; ageing cacao trees; competition for land area with other crops; changing weather conditions; and pest and diseases, according to  the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao (CIDAMi), a cacao value-chain organization based in Davao City and composed of farmers and farmer cooperatives, nursery operators, […]

PH can become Southeast Asia coffee tiger, says renowned coffee scientist

The Philippines already has what it takes to make it the next Southeast Asia coffee tiger – according to the assessment made by Dr. Dave D’Haeze, a coffee scientist based in Vietnam who has seen record yields in Fine Robustas. Read more: PH can become Southeast Asia coffee tiger, says renowned coffee scientist

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