BENGUET - For the first time in Cordillera, a shared service facility for Arabica post-harvest processing and cupping laboratory opened Thursday.
The laboratory is a project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Benguet State University (BSU).
The facility is expected to conduct research and provide services to coffee farmers in the Cordillera region.
It also aims to improve the quality of Arabica coffee and enhance the income of coffee farmers, which could also open more opportunities for them.
DTI-Regional Operations Group Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the facility will help not only the coffee industry of Cordillera but also the farmers who want to start their own businesses.
"If you have a coffee farm and you have a plantation, you want to roast your own beans, you want to have your own blend, and then using this cupping facility you could come up with your own, yung distinctly yours then you can open a coffee shop," Maglaya said.
The BSU will manage the facility.
“We still have to make plan on how this will be utilized by the coffee farmers. What's important is we have to coordinate to the cooperative para hindi naman sila sabay-sabay pumunta”, said BSU President Feliciano Calora.
The local government is also planning to support the farmers by providing high-quality coffee seedlings to the farmers.