DTI reviews coffee and cacao industry in Region 6

The Department of Trade Region 6’s Cacao and Coffee Industry Clusters revisited the mission, vision, goals and strategies identified in these particular industry roadmaps, including the action plan for 2021-2022.

DTI VI Regional Director Rebecca M. Rascon said that the Review and Updating of the Regional Cacao and Coffee Roadmaps held last May 20 and 21 would firm up commitment of industry organizations, national government agencies, and other stakeholders towards the implementation of these particular industry roadmaps.

The participants discussed and identified the major bottlenecks in the coffee and cacao industries that need to be addressed – these include beans quality, market and accredited nurseries.

The participants said that there is a market for these raw produce but their quality does not meet the market demand. The two industry cluster groups sought for the conduct of more trainings, especially on post-harvest processing and handling.

Also, the nursery accreditation is another challenge. The group suggested to have the seedlings sourced from the region to ensure its better survival. At present, seedlings are sourced outside the region, mostly from Davao (cacao and coffee) and Mindoro (cacao).

As a result, there is a high mortality rate of seedlings during distribution.

So far, there is only one accredited nursery in the region, Orchard Valley, located in Pavia, Iloilo.

By July 2021, the nursery shall turnover the planting materials to the Department of Agriculture for distribution. These include a total of 19,000 coffee seedlings and 19,000 cacao seedlings.

Francis Gentoral, executive director of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation Inc., facilitated the activity drawing outputs from the participants for a fruitful review and updating of these regional roadmaps.

DTI VI Coffee and Cacao Regional Industry Cluster Head, DTI Negros Occidental OIC-Provincial Director Rachel N. Nufable, Regional Cacao Council Chair Buen Mondejar, and Regional Coffee Council Chair Johnny Que, among others attended the activities. (Source: DTI 6)

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