Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

Benguet coffee picking up steam

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, April 27 (PIA)--The province of Benguet is known for its highland vegetables and strawberries but its coffee product is also fast gaining recognition.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary JV Arcena in the Network Briefing News program today told Governor Melchor Diclas that in Benguet coffee was featured in one of Qatar’s specialty coffee shops. 

As cited by Arcena, the coffee shop owner impressed that “The coffee beans can compete with the international beans that you can identify. These beans are from high elevation areas which play an important key to a high quality bean product.”

Diclas confirmed that Benguet has a thriving coffee industry particularly the Arabica variety that thrives best in high altitude places. The Benguet Arabica coffee is popular for its being more aromatic and flavorful.

The Benguet-grown Arabica coffee was chosen as the best Arabica coffee in the country during the 3rd Philippine Coffee Conference three years ago.

“Yung coffee industry po nating ito, isa itong inaalagahan ng mga taga-Benguet, alam po nating maswerte po tayo kasi mataas ang elevation dito kaya masarap po yung kape natin, yung Arabica coffee,” he said.

The upland municipalities of Atok, Itogon, La Trinidad, Tuba, Kibungan, and Tublay are producing the Arabica coffee which has distinct taste and quality, and the government is helping the coffee farmers to grow their coffee until it is ready to be brewed , the Governor said.     

He assured that the local government extends its continuous support to the province's coffee industry so that there will be more production.  

Meanwhile, Diclas said the provincial government is continuously pushing for rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads (FMRs) and provincial roads to provide easy access in the transport of produce especially highland vegetables from the farms to the markets.

The province tagged as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” records one million tons of semi-temperate vegetables during its peak production and supplies 80 percent of the country’s needs.

He hopes that the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces will be a continuing project for road repair, rehabilitation, and improvement.(JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

By Susan C. Aro

 

Baguio

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