June 10, 2021

2 NegOcc coffee farmers have their robusta beans graded as ‘fine’

In the recently conducted 2021 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition, two coffee farmer groups in Negros Occidental received a “fine” coffee rating for robusta beans (PCQC).

The Minoyan Murcia Marginal Coffee Growers (M3CG) Inc. in Murcia town and the Tongo Integrated Farmers Association in Himamaylan City are the two organizations.

In a statement released on Thursday, M3CG director Teddy Caete stated, “The outcome of the PCQC evaluation is a confirmation that we can produce great robusta provided we follow the appropriate procedure in pre- and post-harvest processing of coffee.”

The “fine” coffee grade, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA), denotes that the green coffee beans (GCB) are free of main flaws and have no more than five secondary spots.

The notable performance of these coffee producers, according to Jairus Sirue, the coffee coordinator of the DA-Western Visayas High Value Crops Development Program, is a milestone in the region’s coffee industry, as the Bulalacao Calu-oy-Tula-Tula Sikap Organization of Sibalom, Antique also joined the two Negros Occidental associations in earning a “fine” grade assessment.

“With this, the farmers can extend their market chains and direct the price of their specialty-grade coffee beans,” Sirue added, citing enhanced procedures such as selective picking and appropriate post-harvest drying procedures, de-hulling, and sorting of coffee beans as reasons for the achievement.

M3CG has received numerous high-quality coffee seedlings, post-harvest facilities, and equipment from the Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas in order to scale up its coffee quality.

Region 6 submitted eight submissions to the PCQC this year via the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI-Western Visayas Regional Director Rebecca Rason stated, “We urge our coffee stakeholders and enthusiasts to take advantage of these chances and concentrate on the potentials of the coffee sector.”

The DTI, DA, Barista and Coffee Academy of Asia Inc., and Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance have merged to form the PCQC.

This yearly collaboration between government agencies and the commercial sector aims to discover the greatest specialty coffees in the Philippines and to encourage farmers to enhance their coffee quality and market access as these coffees become more well recognized.

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