Fil-am investor eyes 10,000 hectare- Sinuda coffee plantation

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/25 January) Hawaii-based Filipino-American investor Jorge Disuanco, president of Macnut Philippines, Inc. has eyed at least 10,000 hectares of Arabica coffee plantation in Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon.

Disuanco said his company is planning to put up a joint venture with Federation of Matigsalog Manobo Tribal Councils (Femmatrics). He told Bukidnon News recently they are planning an inter-crop farm with Macadamia trees in the production of Macadamia nuts, and other crops.

He said while they are preparing for the free and prior informed consent (FPIC) process with Femmatrics they have already started a demonstration farm in the area after the tribal group’s approval.
Disuanco said Arabica typical coffee production will yield P150,000 to P400,000 net income per year per hectare. He said it is the coffee variety used by high end coffee brew operators and has a high demand in the Philippines.
He also vouched for Arabica coffee’s ready market with 80 percent of the world drinks Arabica Coffee.

Arabica coffee, he said, is the most expensive coffee variety. It is aromatic and has mild caffeine.
A hectare of coffee farm produces 2,000 to 4,000 kilos, which sells at P150 to P300 per kilo.
Disuanco said coffee is also a good crop for reforestation with coffee roots extending from 20 to 25 kilometers in total length. He added that coffee roots absorb 132,000 gallons of water.
Datu Roelito Gawilan, Femmatrics chair, told Bukidnon News Wednesday they are looking at the proposal as an ideal project for their ancestral domain.

He confirmed that they started a seven-hectare demo farm in Sinuda to check the viability of variety in their area. He said Femmatrics is looking at planting 100 hectares to Arabica coffee within the year for trial.


“This is far better than banana and pineapple,” he added.


But he noted that the proponents will have to go through the FPIC. Femmatrics obtained a certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) for about 102,000 hectares straddling Bukidnon, North Cotabato, and Davao City.


Disuanco said they are still in the process of developing a feasibility study, which includes the proposed juridical entity to embody the proposed joint venture to operate the project.


Disuanco was one of the resource persons invited by the Pacific Rim Innovation and Management Exponents, Inc. (Primex) during the livelihood opportunities seminar workshop they organized in the province on January 13 as a component of the Asian Development Bank’s technical assistance on watershed management.


Primex is an ADB consultant on the project dubbed as Decentralized Framework for Sustainable Natural Resources and Rural Infrastructure Management, has a component on livelihood. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)


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