• Production of dried coffee berries for this period decreased by 8.7 percent from 32.17 thousand metric tons for the same period last year to 29.36 thousand metric tons. This decline was caused by the harvest of less berries due to:
o cutting of old and less productive arabica coffee trees in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat) and Zamboanga Peninsula (Zamboanga del Norte), and robusta coffee trees in Davao Region (Davao City and Compostela Valley);
o strong winds and heavy rains during flowering and fruit development stage of robusta coffee trees in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat), Caraga (Surigao Sur) and Davao Region (Davao City and Compostela Valley); and
o adverse effects of fruit borers on robusta coffee trees in SOCCSKSARGEN (Sultan Kudarat).
• The top coffee producing region was SOCCSKSARGEN at 10.5 thousand metric tons, contributing 35.9 percent to the national total production. The other major producing regions were ARMM, Davao Region, and Western Visayas which contributed 21.5 percent, 16.4 percent, and 11.8 percent, respectively.
• Of the total coffee production, Robusta coffee was the top-produced variety at 71.6 percent, followed by Arabica, 23.3 percent; Excelsa, 4.2 percent; and Liberica, 1.0 percent.