COTABATO CITY — To boost the coffee industry in the Bangsamoro region, Members of Parliament Amir Mawallil and Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr., filed in today’s session, June 15, a bill that seeks to create an institute for coffee research and development.
BTA Bill No. 188, also known as the Bangsamoro Coffee Industry Development Act of 2022, aims to create the Bangsamoro Coffee Research and Development Institute, which will spearhead in providing extension packages among farmers, traders, and processors in BARMM.
It includes inputs like seedlings, fertilizer, and irrigation equipment, as well as free training services in coffee production.
The institute will also direct, supervise, and monitor the development and promotion of the coffee industry within the Bangsamoro region.
“We must recognize that the region has had a strong reputation for coffee,” said Mawallil and Mitmug in the proposed bill’s explanatory note.
However, according to them, with little formal training and education, coffee farmers in the region continue to produce coffee using outdated agricultural techniques.
They added that efforts to improve coffee production and processing techniques need to be tailored to raise the profile of the region as a specialty producer.
Through the creation of BCRDI, which will be based in Mindanao State University- Jolo in the province of Sulu, an initial boost will be provided to coffee farmers.
A regional coffee industry roadmap will also be created that will outline the planned programs for developing the coffee industry.
BCRDI will also provide low-interest financing and credit instruments; provide market linkages and support for smaller producers; create a branding of the region’s coffee; conduct free training and technical assistance on modern farming and harvesting techniques; and establish coffee processing facilities. (LTAIS- Public Information, Publication and Media Relations Division)