Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
Since the 1960s, Nestlé Philippines has sought to increase the income of local coffee farmers by improving their coffee-growing methods. In 1994, we established the Nestlé Experimental and Demonstration Farm in Tagum, where 6000 coffee farmers have been trained on the most efficient ways of growing coffee. Through regular visits to farmers, we reinforce the importance of good plantation management, such as weeding, fertilising, composting and pruning, as well as efficient harvesting and processing methods. Our sustainable farming system also encourages farmers to plant other crops between rows of coffee trees, to provide them with regular additional or alternative income. We directly purchase locally produced coffee, based on market price and quality, at our buying stations around the country. The system allows small coffee growers to sell their beans – even as little as one kilogramme at a time.
We harvest our green coffee beans in December and given that we are in the mountainous area, it’s hard for us to dry the beans properly. With the help of Nestlé’s agronomists, we will soon install the drying equipment we need to meet the moisture requirements set during coffee buying. Gina Mangalindan, coffee farmer, Orani, The Philippines
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