Quezon City — The quality harvest of Sulu Royal Coffee is making its way to the larger market. Kumalah ‘Coffee Princess’ Elardo, an ARBO leader from Panamao, Sulu presented to DAR ARMM what appears to be a purchase order during an interview with her on May 11. The order is placed by Universal Robina Corporation for ten thousand (10,000) kilograms of Robusta coffee beans red pick.
Kumalah said that prior to the placement of order, the company’s reserch group carefully examined their coffee harvest.
The coffee beans which will be coming from Kadayok ARC in Panamao, Sulu is produced by People’s Alliance for Progress Multi-purpose Cooperative (PAPMPC).
According to Kumalah, the bulk order will comprise around 70% of their total accumulated harvest in four-months time.
The cooperative is also responsible for the production of the Kahawa Sug Royal Coffee from Robusta coffee beans and their popular Kahawa Kubing Royal Coffee, roasted civet coffee beans. These products have garnered recognition from different asian countries.
The Sulu Royal Coffee made many successes and recognition in the past with the leadership of the Coffee Princess. The cooperative abides by their ‘pick red’ policy in harvesting and other disciplined measures to ensure the quality of their produce.
The growing coffee industry in Panamao, Sulu was observed to provide opportunity for the community to be productive.
‘Dati nagkakabayo lang ang mga farmers, ngayon nakamotor na sila… semento na rin ang kanilang mga bahay,’ (In the past, the farmers rely on horses for transport, now they have motorcycles… also, their houses are now concreted) said Kumalah.
Apart from that, most of the workers and members of the cooperative left their past life of bearing arms and focused on producing quality coffee. Each member of the household in the community are now involved in the coffee production, according to Kumalah.
PAPMPC and the Kandayok ARC in Sulu is a recipient of DAR ARMM ARCCESS project. The community received common service facilities, agri-enterprise development and rural infrastructure.
The present development and the reach of their product will soon find its way home and inspire more positive changes to the farmers in Sulu and their families. (DAR ARMM Communications Group)