As it continues to enhance agricultural development in Ilocos Norte, the Provincial Government through the Special Projects and Development Office (SPDO) promotes planting coffee and vows to provide assistance to interested farmers.
SPDO Head Edwin Cariño urged local farmers to engage in coffee production as it does not require much water supply and other planting costs.
“The provincial government will not only provide coffee seedlings to interested farmers but also technical assistance from our Provincial Agriculture Office,” he added.
Cariño assured that “the market demand of coffee remains high in the national level,” citing data from the Department of Agriculture that “an average Filipino consumes 1.2 kilos of coffee annually.”
“Some farmers have already expressed their interest in this endeavor and we are encouraging more Ilocanos to utilize their uncultivated lands for agricultural purposes,” Cariño concluded.
Promoting high value crops in Ilocos Norte is part of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s thrust for agricultural sustainability through its flagship agricultural program ‘Paspas Dur-as Biag ti Away’ (rapid development in the rural areas).
Governor Imee Marcos said that engaging in the industry will raise economic activity in the province in the long run as it creates alternative source of livelihood for Ilocano farmers.—Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO