How Nestle is helping Pinoy coffee farmers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2015 07:28 AM | Updated as of Mar 07 2015 03:28 PM

MANILA – Nestlé Philippines has opened new direct coffee buying stations in Batangas, Iloilo, and Cavite to allow local coffee farmers to sell their produce straight to Nestle.

The buying stations in Silang, Cavite; Lapuz Norte in Iloilo; and Bagong Pook in Lipa, Batangas aim to give smallholder farmers an efficient farm-to-market route as well as local training for better plant propagation and production.

Around 5,500 local coffee growers in Cavite, Iloilo City, and parts of Antique, Capiz, and Guimaras are expected to benefit from the new buying stations.

“Coffee buying stations enable coffee farmers to sell their coffee harvest based on the prevailing market price. By sourcing directly from local farmers, we are not only assured of long-term supply of the right quantity and quality of green coffee on which our brands depend, but it also secures a robust coffee livelihoods for our small farmers,” said Edith de Leon, senior vice president and head of Corporate Affairs of Nestlé Philippines.

Through the buying stations, coffee growers also get access to some of the best agricultural practices in coffee farming, production, and processing.

Nestle’s in-house agronomists are also providing farmers and suppliers with trainings on the latest and sustainable coffee-growing techniques that ensure quality produce and maximum yield.

De Leon said local growers are regularly sent price updates on coffee via SMS to allow them to get maximum profits out of their produce.

“Nestlé Philippines sees sustainability in coffee production as a key priority in order to achieve self-sufficiency in the local sector by 2020. Nestlé supports this goal through coffee buying establishments in key coffee-producing areas in the country. Through these stations, Nestlé is ensured of access to the high-quality coffee-resource base in the country, securing a sustainable supply chain while improving the coffee industry,” de Leon said.

In 2014, Nestlé received a total of 54,000 metric tons of locally-sourced coffee beans.

Aside from the new stations, Nestlé operates 10 other satellite coffee buying stations in Silang in Cavite, Lipa City in Batangas, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan Valley, Tagbina in Surigao del Sur, Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, General Santos City in South Cotabato, Maramag in Bukidnon , Buenavista in Agusan del Norte, and Iloilo City in Iloilo.

The coffee buying stations form part of the Farmer Connect program of the global coffee initiative NESCAFE Plan.

Nestlé directly sources green coffee beans from local producers, helping the company ensure local supply of coffee to Nestlé’s factories, while making improvements in the quality and productivity of farmers through sharing of good farming practices in the field.