Thriving Bukidnon coffee industry gets a boost from public and private sectors
Bukidnon is not only the leading coffee producer in the country. The province is also well-known for its world-class coffee beans.
On April 13- 14, Lorna Libante, a farmer member of Bayanihan Millennium Multipurpose Cooperative (BMMPC), showcased her Robusta coffee at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.
It’s no wonder why the coffee industry in the province is continuously gaining support both from the public and private sectors.
BMMPC is a cooperative from Pangantucan, Bukidnon that supports coffee farmers, some of them indigenous people within the area, through enterprise & livelihood development and financing.
According to the Regional Field Office of the Department of Agriculture in Bukidnon, the government is eyeing to double the coffee planting areas in the province from the current 11,000 hectares to 26,000 hectares by 2022.*
The government will also be providing high-yielding seedlings or plantlets to coffee farmers to boost productivity.
For its part, the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), in its effort to improve the lives of coffee farmers, has allotted almost PHP 8 million in loans and grants in the province for infrastructure and capacity-development of its social enterprise partners and their members.
On April 22 -29, the PEF team visited its local partners, BMMPC, Keytodac Coffee Growers Association, Kalamansig Coffee Industry Development Council, Kaanib Foundation Inc. and Miarayon, Lapok, Lirongan Talaandig Tribal Association to assess the impact of the foundation’s interventions in improving the incremental income of coffee producers in the communities.
During their farm visit in Guihean, Impasugong, PEF Area Officer Nikki Along noted that coffee farmers are starting to apply the skills they have learned to raise better and high-quality coffee.
“The farmers were all in agreement that coffee trees are usually left to grow wild in Pangantucan although recent awareness on the value of coffee have prompted farmers with larger landholdings to slowly adopt good agricultural practices,” she stated.
PEF and LGUs vowed stronger collaboration
During the meeting with representatives from the Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) and local government unit of Impasugong, PEF, and Kaanib Foundation committed to strengthen their partnership in helping poor households in the area.
“The MAO will support the PEF project by facilitating community organizing and information dissemination in the target barangays,” Along stated.
The parties agreed to discussed further areas of collaboration on their next meeting with municipal mayor and the municipal agriculture officer. ###