Lopez, Nestlé Philippines Plan Coffee Farming in Bacolod, Negros-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
NESTLE Philippines Vice President for Corporate Affairs Ruth Navales together with Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez was at the Nestle Building in Rockwell Center, Makati City on September 30 to study the possibility of producing coffee in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
Lopez was in Manila at the invitation of Nestle to study the possibility of producing coffee in our shores which can help uplift the lives of farmers in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
He sees this as means to further develop and promote agri-tourism, eco-tourism and organic agriculture, as well as, the implementation of the organic agricultural ordinance.
Lopez had initially requested Governor Alfredo Marañon to join him for this initial meeting given the governor’s vast experience in the field of agriculture during his term as congressman.
Marañon is very confident that coffee is a good crop since, he said, Northern Negros was once the biggest producer of coffee in the province.
Hence, he requested Lopez to officially represent him and to take the initiative to bring the project to Negros Occidental this month. Lopez will be inviting a cross section of land owners and investors to a meeting on the third week of October to discuss the business model of Nestle known as "Creating Shared Value in Coffee."
The project aims to uplift the lives of our Negrosanons by having various options from organic vegetables to coffee farming. Nestle will provide the seeds, technical training and monthly supervision providing world class coffee farming technologies which will ensure the success of the business model.
Navales guarantees that Nestle will purchase all the coffee produced. Unlike contract growing, this scheme allows the producers to sell to any party at the best price. The Department of Agriculture considers coffee a high value crop.
It can be stored for a maximum of two years and a start up of one hectare coffee plantation can last up to 50 years.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 05, 2013.