Kalinga coffee gets P14.8M assistance

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Five cooperatives are set to receive a total of P14.8 million assistance through the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP)for their coffee processing and marketing enterprise particularly on green coffee bean trading.

Juliana Aclam, assistant provincial agriculturist, reported the World Bank through the PRDP will provide P6.3 million in loan proceeds for the Kalinga Integrated Coffee Processing and Marketing industry.

Aclam said the national government will contribute P1.7M, the provincial government P1.7M and P5 million in equity. Recipients of the pooled fund are the Dupligan Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tanudan Savings and Lending Coop, Mananig Multi-Purpose Coop, Gawidan Malin-awa Marketing Coop, and Nambucayan Agricultural Cooperative.

The P14.8-million project cost for the integrated coffee processing and marketing was approved by the Kalinga Coffee Cluster (KCC) as subproject under PRDP’s enterprise development component with the business model covering only production, pre-processing and consolidation of green coffee beans, the industry name for raw, unroasted coffee.

The project in collaboration with the provincial LGU, aims to explore a partnership engagement on the processing and marketing of specialty coffee, a potential add-on to KCC’s approved enterprise development subproject under PRDP.

In related development, Aclam informed that the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Regional Field Office distributed seven machineries to seven farmers’ association with total value of P2.6 million.

Bakir Corn Vegetable Farmers’ Association of Rizal received one unit mobile corn mill; a hammer mill each to Rizal’s Timpuyog FA and Ammacian Land Reform FA in Pinukpuk; one unit cassava pulverizer to Mabaca Rural Improvement Club and one unit cassava chipper to Baccong RIC, both in Tanudan; one unit cassava granulator to Tabuk’s Atop Organic Practitioner; two units coffee depulper each for Tabuk and Tinglayan, and construction of coffee processing center for the Nalyawan Coop of Taloctoc. ( Peter Balocnit/PIA – CAR)