Oliver Bugarin 9 0 0 4 min to read

Coffee farmers are trained by DTI-NegOr in harvesting, sorting, and grading.

With the help of several training programs offered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province, coffee growers in Negros Oriental are beginning to recover from the ravages of the Covid-19 outbreak, an official said on Monday.

The Coffee 101 and 102 training for the various coffee farmers’ associations and cooperatives across the province was resumed this year, according to Maribel Sumanoy, the focal point for the coffee cluster of DTI-Negros Oriental and DTI Region 7 (Central Visayas), she told the Philippine News Agency.

These farmers are receiving training in coffee harvesting, sorting, and grading techniques, according to Sumanoy.

The DTI also helps them with packaging, marketing, and connecting to the right markets at the same time, she continued.

The DTI official stated, “We have to make sure that our local farmers can compete with other coffee growers in the country. The Philippines is the top importer of soluble coffee in the world.

The most recent training session for the coffee producers in Dawis, Bayawan City took place on September 2 and covered Coffee 102: Defect Identification and Green Grading.

For the Nagpantao Farmers Association and the Bolocboloc Farmers Association, both in Dauin town, two further seminars on “Coffee 101: Right Coffee Harvesting, Sorting, and Understanding the Grading System” were presented last month.

According to Sumanoy, Negros Oriental is home to 30 cooperatives and associations of coffee farmers.

Though some farmers also grow Arabica, Robusta is the more common and dominating coffee variety in the province.

Local farmers offer a variety of coffee products for sale, including “green beans,” unroasted, roasted, powdered, and soluble varieties.

According to Sumanoy, there is a growing market for the coffee industry here, and the DTI is working to ensure the successful revival of the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) involved in the coffee industry with the help of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and other organizations.

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