Governor Backs Coffee Route Proposal
LARES, Puerto Rico – Sen. Ramón Ruiz, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced Saturday that Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has endorsed his proposal to promote economic development in the 21 island municipalities where coffee is grown through the “Coffee and Haciendas Tourism Route” initiative.
Ruiz introduced Senate Bill 1593 in April accompanied by several farmers who endorsed the measure, as well as the senator for the district of Guayama, Ángel Rodríguez.
The bill specifies that the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. add the “Coffee and Haciendas Tourism Route” to its promotional efforts and the Transportation and Public Works Department to work on the route’s signage.
“At a time when high-quality coffee is sought after in world markets, and taking into account the reputation of excellence Puerto Rican coffee has, we want to bring tourists to Puerto Rico’s mountains to get to know the process of preparing the beans, the coffee varieties and its marketing,” Ruiz said.
Among the municipalities that would benefit from the initiative are Orocovis, Jayuya, Villalba, Coamo, Adjuntas, Ponce, Utuado, Lares, Las Marías, Maricao, San Germán, Mayagüez, Sabana Grande, Yauco, Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Arecibo, Juana Díaz, San Sebastián and Moca.
Among the coffee producers who endorsed the measure are Wilfredo “Juny” Feliciano, owner of the Vistahermosa farm in Sabana Grande and Maricao; and Juan Meléndez, who besides growing the bean, has a coffee shop at the Tres Ángeles farm in Adjuntas.
Inter News Service