TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led the launching of 11 coffee brands in the 2nd Cagayan Valley Coffee Business Forum and Brand Launching in the City of Ilagan on Thursday, April 26.
In a press release, DA Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 02 and DTI Region 02 said the launch was possible with the collective efforts of the government and its stakeholders.
DA said the coffee brands came from local farmer manufacturers from the region’s mountain areas and lowland areas.
Coffee brands from the mountain areas of Cagayan Valley include:
- Ambaguio Finest of Tiblac Langak Farmers Association of Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya
- Cafe Santa Fe a homegrown product of the Local Government Unit (LGU) Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
- Cool Mist Coffee and Vizcaya Valley Blend from Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya
- DISADECO Coffee, a 100 % organic coffee produced by Diffun-Saranay Development Coffee of Diffun, Quirino
- GAMAFA Brave and Strong manufactured by Gabriela Masipag Farmers Producers of Gabriela Silang, Diffun, Quirino
- Quirino Mountain Blend of Mataga-ay Coffee Growers Producers Cooperative of Jose Ancheta, Maddela, Quirino.
Meanwhile, brands from the lowland areas include:
- Angadanan Robusta blend manufactured by Angadanan Forest Region Agrarian Reform Cooperative of Angadanan, Isabela
- Collagen Coffee of Clovenbil Corporation based in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
- Claveria See Breeze owned and managed by Kilkiling Upland Farmers Association in Claveria, Cagayan.
- Barako Boy Coffee in Tuguegarao City.
Meanwhile, DA-RFO 02 OIC-Regional Executive Director Lorenzo Caranguian urged farmers to support the growing coffee industry.
Caranguian said Region 02 is contributing only one % of the total national production and that a hectare produces merely 0.2 metric tons.
The forum’s guest of honor Quirino Governor Junie Cua said that the launching is “an aspiration of the people to be freed from the bondage of poverty.”
“We must have this entrepreneurial spirit, the spirit to fight against the greatest battle that is poverty”, he said in his speech.
The release said DA RFO 02 and DTI Region 02 have been “helping coffee farmers thrive in the production of coffee, processing, trade, roasting or marketing in the region” over the years.
Further, the agencies said in the release that appropriate government interventions are needed to increase the yield of the region’s coffee production.
They added that this will have the “ultimate potential to capture premium markets.” Northernforum.net