Nov. 28, 2012
Tagum City — Agronomists of Nestlé Philippines Inc are turning ash and sludge into compost or organic fertilizer for coffee farms.
“Utilizing factory by-product as compost is an idea that we have long been conceptualizing to help our factories with its zero-waste policy,” said Arthur Baria, NPI Agricultural Services head.
“This will also help us provide a technology component to promote an integrated approach to nutrient management for farmers and contribute to our goal of making coffee production more sustainable.”
Trials were undertaken at the Nestlé Demonstration Farm in Tagum City, Davao del Sur and at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Research Center of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 in Dalwangan, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
Nestlé’s advocates Better Farming Practices under the Common Code for the Coffee Community, aiming to have all Farmer Connect volumes 100 percent 4C-verified by 2015.
“Demand for coffee continues to grow and as the biggest buyer of green [Robusta] coffee beans, Nestlé explores every possible means to help farmers improve the quality and quantity of their yield,” Baria said.