Members of the Ifugao Coffee, Cacao and Bamboo Development Councils, both chaired by the Provincial Governor of Ifugao Jerry U. Dalipog, convened for the 4th QTR meeting at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, today, November 5, 2020.


The Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAO) of the different Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGUs) of Ifugao, council members and other involved government agencies discussed the current standing of Ifugao in terms of coffee and cacao development and where stakeholders want the coffee/cacao industry to go in terms of development, what strategies to adapt to promote, advocate and implement coffee plantation to achieve said development, and other matters of concerns.


During said meeting, issues and concerns on the coffee and cacao industry in the Province of Ifugao were discussed. Accordingly, there is a low production rate of coffee bean, despite the annual distribution of seedlings, and low survival rate; there is shortage of supply of Arabica coffee bean variety, there is a problem on how to market the crop amidst the pandemic, there is also limited market and the price of coffee in the market is low.


Furthermore, the purpose of said meeting is to come up with plans, activities and project proposals to be submitted to the Provincial Government of Ifugao for funding.


Also, the utilization of the allocated budget was included in the agenda. Some members suggested that said budget should be used to build demo farms and to allocate a certain amount for travel allowance of farmers coming from the private sector, however, Executive Order No. 71, Series of 2020, provides that the allocated P500,000 funding shall be used for the conduct of planning workshops to draw up or update the short and medium term coffee development plans, the conduct of coffee advocacy campaigns, the conduct of monitoring and evaluation activities, the conduct of technical and technological skills upgrade of coffee stakeholders, and conduct of regular and special council meetings.


Meanwhile, the Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and presiding officer of the meeting, Valentin A. Baguidudol, reiterated that there is a market and profit in coffee and cacao industry despite the aforementioned issues and concerns.


In a statement, Prov’l Agriculturist Mariano Domingo suggested that extension services be provided to all coffee planters, aside from the annual distribution of seedlings, to address the high mortality rate of coffee beans.


Also, members of both councils were enjoined to submit their 2021 tentative work plans on December 4, 2020 to be presented and for finalization during the 1st Quarter Meeting to be conducted on January 2021.

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