Coffee production over the years has been declining due to several reasons. So to provide support to the coffee industry in the region, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I through the High-Value Crops Development Program, conducted Basic Coffee Production Technology Training cum Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for the province of La Union on May 25, 2018 at DA-RFO I.
Other than trainings, inclusive in the support of the government to boost the coffee industry is the distribution of coffee seedlings to interested farmers, hoping to revive the dying coffee industry in the region.
Among the four varieties of coffee planted in the country, DA will be distributing Arabica and Robusta varieties. Summing up the allocation for the province of La Union, 93,125 coffee seedlings will be distributed this year, 83,125 Robusta and 10,000 Arabica from CY 2017 and 2018 allotment, respectively.
In behalf of Regional Executive Director Lucrecio R. Alviar, Ms. Erlinda F. Manipon, RTD for Operations congratulated the 31 participants for attending the training and venturing on coffee production, saying that they are lucky to receive free interventions and subsidies from the government. She also encouraged the participants to take advantage of the free interventions from the government because by the year 2021, DA will be fully out of free subsidies and will focus on easy access and low financing programs for farmers.