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QUALITY COFFEE -- Corazon Wangag’s coffee beans topped the first cupping competition held in Asipulo, Ifugao during the town’s Kulpi’s Asipulo Festival recently. Wangag’s coffee bested other Robusta coffee samples from 20 other farmer members of the Hojap Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The event, spearheaded by the Peace and Equity Foundation, was aimed at improving the quality of coffee in the municipality. -- Contributed photo

Through the hard work and determination of its members, the Hojap Multipurpose Cooperative grew to become one of the leading coffee producers in Asipulo, Ifugao.

Its manager, Shirley Tagtag, shares further how the group achieved such feat.

“We started as a sari-sari store at ang binebenta namin ay basic needs ng mga tao,” Tagtag said. In 2002, the cooperative expanded its business to include lending services to help their farmer-members with their needs.

Tagtag said the Hojap MPC started venturing into the coffee industry in 2009 when its members participated in an educational trip in Cavite, which was organized by the department of Agriculture and Trade and Industry.

“When they came home, nakita nila na may kape naman na sa Asipulo, so why not start with coffee,” she added.

After years of catering orders for trade fairs, Hojap began in 2014 its regular coffee production.

“All year round available na ang (coffee) processing and we also started selling green coffee beans,” Tagtag said.  

To help their farmer-members, Hojap MPC conducts trainings, provides lending services to avail agricultural loans, and sells the produce to shield them from unscrupulous traders.

Among others, the cooperative aims to bring back the interest of the people to coffee farming. “Nung bumagsak ang presyo noong 1980s, napabayaan ng farmers natin ang kape. If we give them sure market and sure price na hindi naman sila malulugi, I’m sure mae-encourage sila (magtanim).”

Hojap MPC, a partner of Peace and Equity Foundation in the development of Asipulo coffee farmers, currently has 962 members. They have been marketing their coffee products like Kesi’melan coffee not only within the province but also to specialty shops, cafes, and supermarkets in Manila. Hojap consolidates the local farmers’ harvests of green coffee beans, and fresh and dried coffee berries for volume-based incentives and better prices.

Hojap MPC is based in Asipulo, which hosts the biggest coffee planting area in Ifugao with about 1,394 hectares, roughly 55 percent of the province’s total coffee area. The coop named itself Hojap, an Ayangan term which means “haliap,” the name of the barangay where they are currently operating.

 
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