Major Non-Food and Industrial Crops Quarterly Bulletin, January-March 2018

January 2018 to March 2018

Coffee (dried berries)

  • Production of coffee went down this quarter by 8.7 percent, from 20.19 thousand metric tons for the same period last year to its current level of 18.42 thousand metric tons.
  • The decrease in production was caused by lesser harvest of arabica and robusta berries due to the following:
    • pruning of less productive trees and effect of berry borers in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sarangani); and
    • continuous rainfall during the flowering stage in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and cutting of old and less productive trees in Davao Region (Davao Sur).
  • SOCCSKSARGEN was the largest coffee producer at 5.3 thousand metric tons (28.9 percent).  It was followed by Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, and ARMM which contributed 13.3 percent, 11.6 percent, and 11.1 percent, respectively.
  • For the quarter, Robusta coffee was the most produced variety at 72.5 percent of the total production, followed by Arabica and Excelsa at 18.4 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively.  Liberica variety was recorded at only 0.6 percent of the national coffee production.