New technology seen to help coffee farmers boost production

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Coffee bean from Butuan City

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has introduced a new technology that will help increase the yield of coffee farmers in Caraga Region.

The technology, known as multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer will help in the quick drying of coffee beans without sacrificing the quality.

“It’s value adding. Instead na green bean lang ang aming ibinibenta, ipa process pa namin para maging kape na siya na maiinom. So, madagdagan ang income ng isang farmer at makakapagbigay ng trabaho,” said Km7 Farmers Producer Cooperative Manager Nilo Rama Calipayan.

(It’s value adding. Instead of selling just green beans, we will also process it to turn it into a coffee that can be consumed. This will increase a farmer’s income and provide jobs.)

Together with PhilMech, the Department of Agriculture Caraga has organized a coffee expo in Butuan City aimed at educating the region’s coffee farmers on how to improve their yield.

DA said the Mindanao region, being the country’s top coffee producer, is still behind other countries in the world market.

According to DA-Caraga office there was a decline in the production of dried coffee beans in the country from 22,590 metric tons last year to only 20,210 metric tons this year.

DA-Caraga hopes to boost the production of coffee farmers in the region while encouraging more farmers to venture into coffee production. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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