ITOGON, Benguet, Aug. 25 (PIA) - - Coffee production is one of the emerging livelihood programs in this mining town assisted by the local government unit.
The LGU released P300, 000.00 to the recently-organized “Itogon Coffee Growers Association” to boost the coffee processing and production in the area. The amount under the Itogon Coffee Processing Enterprise is used to purchase coffee beans for processing, said Municipal Livelihood Coordinator Patrick Alcedo.
Romeo Casilla leads this group of local coffee growers from all over Itogon which was organized in 2016 with about 150 members.
Alcedo said Itogon is one of the sources of Benguet Arabica coffee beans in the province. Coffee is grown all over the area but two of the barangays namely Tinongdan and Ampucao consider coffee as their major crop.
Itogon has a total annual production of about five tons with harvesting done twice a year, he informed.
There are other assistance extended in strengthening coffee production and processing in partnership with concerned agencies aside from series of training provided by the LGU, Alcedo added.
The Department of Trade and Industry- Benguet Provincial Office provided processing facilities such as coffee roaster, dehuller and grinder.
The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office provided a food terminal that houses products of the area which includes the processed coffee.
Alcedo said there is no problem in the marketing of the produce as it is already in place. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)