Monday July 23, 2018

Coffee farmer group, agriculture department to mentor IPs

A BIG-BROTHER small brother mentoring and training approach will be done by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region with the Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association (Bacofa) to assist the indigenous people (IP) coffee farmers of Sitio Alegre, Brgy. Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

Bacofa is an organized group of coffee farmers based in Sitio Pluto, Brgy. Balutakay, Bansalan, Davao del Sur. It currently has around 100 member farmers tilling about 500 hectares of land. As this group had already been organized and their high-quality coffee being sold in different third-wave coffee shops in Davao City and in other parts of the country, they were the ones chosen by DA Davao Region to serve as the ‘big brother’ in guiding the IPs of Sitio Alegre.

Just March of this year, Marivic Dubria and Maria Luz Dubria of Bacofa were among the winners of the Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC). Their Arabica coffees were given 86.03 rating and 85.41 rating respectively and were among the top 10 best nationwide.

On the other hand, the group of these IP farmers from Sitio Alegre is composed of about 50 to 100 families and owns 500 hectares of ancestral land. However, according to DA Davao Regional High Value Crops Development Program Coordinator Melani Provido, they only target to use 100 hectares of their land for this project.SEE MORE