Issue of June 11, 2017
     
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Body to oversee coffee industry in La Trinidad
by Ofelia C. Empian

With the growing coffee industry in the municipality, the Sangguniang Bayan of La Trinidad will soon be creating a development council to oversee the town’s coffee industry.

The ordinance creating the coffee development council will institutionalize coffee development programs, projects, and activities in the town.

“Coffee farming, particularly that of the Arabica variety, exists in the municipality ever since but its formal expansive production became prominent in the early 2000 when several communities organized themselves in planting coffee in vacant properties in the municipality,” the ordinance read.

The institutionalization of developmental programs for coffee will spur economic development particularly in tourism and commerce.

“(It will also) infuse into its constituents the inspiration to plant coffee as a means of protecting the environment and providing that opportunity for economic improvement,” it stated.

The Municipal Agriculture Office reported that the town produced 17,267 metric tons of Arabica beans on 2015 from an estimate of 4,500 trees. The number is expected to rise as other enterprising individuals with tracts of vacant land are attracted into planting coffee as well.

“There is a need to have one municipal body to serve as an instrument for the convergence, coordination, direction, change-agent, and overseer of local coffee development in the municipality,” it stated.

The Coffee Development Council will be the main policy recommending body relative to development, strengthening, and sustenance of the different programs, projects, and activities relative to local coffee production, development, and promotions.

The municipal council will create a technical working group to assist the La Trinidad Coffee Development Council on policy recommendation, guidelines, and implementing rules and regulations.

The coffee council will oversee the preparation and submission of regular corresponding coffee programs, projects, and activity reports. It will also monitor and evaluate program implementation based on the local coffee development plan.

The coffee council shall also maintain a database on relevant information concerning the coffee industry in areas of production, post harvest and marketing status.

The funding will be appropriated under the office of the municipal agriculturist from the annual budget of the municipality.

The ordinance was approved on third and final reading.


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