BAGUIO CITY – The Executive Committee of the Regional Development Council – CAR reviewed the draft Cordillera Coffee Development Framework Plan during its meeting on July 6, 2015. Said Coffee Plan will serve as a tool to boost the competitiveness of the coffee industry sector in the region.

The Coffee Plan presents four strategies to: (1) increase productivity, (2) expand production, (3) increase profit of coffee farmers and entrepreneurs, and (4) improve quality.

The plan’s productivity target is a 50 percent increase in yield per tree, said Asst. Director Cameron Odsey by the Department of Agriculture. Four varieties of coffee are produced in the region, namely, Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa and Liberica.

Odsey also said that the Coffee Plan promotes the 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.

He added that Research and Development should be undertaken to determine the variety of coffee suitable for specific areas and to gather baseline data for feasibility studies.

The Coffee Plan identifies the need to create centralized processing centers and other accessible infrastructures that will capacitate the farmers, as well as the need to augment institutional support from private coffee councils. This will reinforce the coffee industry and monitor the implementation of the plan.

The Coffee Plan, a joint venture by NEDA and Highland Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC), will be presented to the RDC for adoption once the proposed organizational structure of the Coffee Council is finalized and the productivity targets are revised to reflect higher competitiveness.