PH, Indonesia partner to train Filipino coffee farmers
The Philippines and Indonesia have partnered to conduct training for Filipino coffee farmers.
A statement showed that 10 Filipino coffee farmers recently received training grants to expand their knowledge and skills on coffee farming and processing, boost their productivity and help arrest the declining supply of locally-grown coffee in the Philippines.
“This training aims to contribute to the local government’s program in improving productivity, product quality, and profitability of the country’s coffee farms through a competitive and sustainable value chain from farming to manufacturing,” said Philippine Coffee Board President Chit Juan.
The Philippine-Indonesia Partnership: Coffee Farmers’ Training Grant, a joint project of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI),Indonesian food and beverage manufacturer PT Mayora Indah Tbk and the Embassy of Indonesia in the Philippines, will provide advanced trainings in the Philippines as well as Indonesia,the fourth largest coffee producer in the world.
Juan added that the vision is to spur coffee bean production of farmers across key provinces in the Philippines such as Benguet, Quezon, Ilocos, Negros, Davao, Bukidnon, and Sultan Kudarat.
“Smallholder coffee farmers in these provinces already plant Arabica,Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa coffee beans, but still have the potential of further generating incomes and supporting livelihoods with sustained quality production,” Juan said.
“Through the educational grant, we hope to help reboot the country’s coffee industry by equipping our coffee farmers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindset to derive the most economic benefit from their produce,” she added.
Through a rigorous selection and vetting process by government and non-profit partners including the DA, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Commission on Women, Washington, DC-based ACDI/VOCA; and PCBI, a total of 10 coffee farmers were chosen to pioneer the training grant. Farmers who qualified for the grant should own at least a hectare of land planted with coffee, and must have produced at least one metric ton of coffee a year.