Indonesian food and beverage manufacturer PT Mayora Indah Tbk has partnered with the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. (PCBI) for the provision of training to local coffee farmers to improve production.
Under the partnership, 10 Filipino coffee farmers received training grants to expand their knowledge and skills on coffee farming and processing.
“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 Chit Juan, PCBI president.
Indonesia is the fourth largest coffee producer in the world.
Juan said the partnership aims to boost coffee bean production of farmersin 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… 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,” Juan said
Tapped for the pilot grant are farmers who own at least a hectare of land planted with coffee and must have produced at least one metric ton of coffee a year.
According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country’s coffee production has been on a steady decline in the last five years.
From 2014’s 75,454.49 metric tons (MT) of total coffee bean production including Arabica, Excelsa, Liberica and Robusta varieties, it dropped by 20 percent to 60,312.76 MT in 2018.
From the said period, Robusta remained the largest variety produced in the country.