Kalinga State U gets P6M fund for coffee rejuvenation program

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Oct 18 (PIA) -- The Kalinga State University (KSU) has programmed the P6.3 million fund assistance from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to rejuvenate the coffee industry of the province.

 

KSU President Eduardo T. Bagtang informed the project shall be centered in Tinglayan municipality and this city.

The fund is part of DOST’s P43M released to the Cordillera Administrative Region under its Science and Technology Action for Emergencies (SAFE) Program aimed to mitigate climate change effects on agriculture. The program implementation in the region is tied-up with state universities and colleges.

KSU will lead various activities that include educating coffee farmers on the rejuvenation technology, actual visit of coffee production sites, propagation and distribution of hybrid coffee seedlings and conduct of forum on environmental protection.

Bagtang explained these efforts are part of the entire plan of the province to help the agricultural sector mitigate massive losses from climate change.

The sector on agriculture usually suffers the heaviest brunt of climate change, he said.

Today, the province’s coffee industry is facing serious concerns, that include massive conversion of coffee areas into corn land, unstable price and un-updated coffee farming techniques.

With the project, Bagtang hopes KSU could help address the current problems of coffee farmers and possibly bring back coffee as the second cash-crop of Kalinga, next to rice. Larry Lopez (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

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