Coffee plantations eyed in upland Leyte areas

Posted on December 12, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY -- The city government of Maasin in Southern Leyte has signed an agreement with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on the establishment of coffee plantations in 12 upland barangays in the city.

Marina Palen, community-based forest management officer and coordinator of Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Plus of the Office of the City Agriculture Services, said about 7,000 robusta seedlings will be planted in the 12 mountain villages.

Initial planting was held in the villages of Canjuom, Basak and Tigbawan, she said.

"We hope to increase coffee production and help boost the country’s coffee industry," Ms. Palen said.

Coffee seedlings will also be planted in nine other barangays before the end of the year. The nine villages are Cabadiangan, Cagnituan, Hinapu Daku, Hinapu Gamay, Libertad, Lunas, Nonok Norte, Nonok Sur and Pinaskohan. A nursery will also be established in Barangay Rizal.

"The 12 upland villages were chosen by the GIZ. The area has been declared part of the REDD Plus territory that stretches across the remaining forests from Sogod Bay area to the town of Silago," Ms. Palen said.

Over the next 10 years, she said the plan is to plant coffee in a total of 1,000 hectares in Maasin.

Aside from coffee, several grafted fruit trees such as lanzones, mangosteen, cacao, jackfruit and durian have been planted in about 200 hectares in the 12 barangays. Up to 20 hectares have been designated for planting in each village. -- Reyan L. Arinto