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100,000 MT of Cacao by 2022 - PH target increased by 40 percent

A 40-percent increase in the production target is set for the country's cacao industry.   In a document obtained by the Philippine News Agency, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 11 Assistant Regional Director and National Cacao Industry Coordinator Edwin Banquerigo said the Philippines is targeting production of 100,000 metric tons (MT) of fermented cacao beans by 2022.   Among the developmental directions stated in the document were expansion of production areas in the country to up to 100,000 hectares, producing higher quality fine flavor cacao beans, target increase in productivity to two kilograms of cacao annually per tree, branding improvements and value adding.   To achieve this direction, Banquerigo enumerated some of the strategies during his post assessment...

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Cagayan Valley Boosts Cacao Industry - Region 2 gearing towards being globally competitive

Even with smaller contributions to the country's cacao industry in comparison to other regions, the Regional Cacao Council (RCC) of Cagayan Valley is proud of the uniqueness of the cacao that the Region 2 produces. The region is comprised of the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Batanes island.   To strengthen the industry in the Cagayan Valley region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held a two-day workshop to craft the Cacao Roadmap Localization (CRL). This workshop aimed to develop strategies applicable to cacao farming. In partnership with the RRC, local government units, state colleges and universities, and nursery operators, the workshop happened at the DA Northern Cagayan Experiment Station...

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Cacao Doctors Training - DAR boosts ARBs entrepreneurship skills

Supporting the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) is a priority for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, as well as for Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) OIC Secretary Rosalina Bisyotong. The ARBs who are also members of the Barangay Agrarian Reform Council and Farmers Association (BARFCA) in Glan, Sarangani Province participated in a series of educational process to enhance their entrepreneurial skills.   Spearheaded by the DAR, the training was conducted under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP), of which the BARFCA was qualified for a P24.4 million worth of loan.   The training aims to participants to become certified cacao doctors, in turn better running their cacao agri-enterprises. It also focuses on specializing in high quality cacao beans.   The Cacao Doctors'...

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From Pomelo to Cacao - Climate change forced a Davao farm towards cacao

The effects of climate change are now becoming undeniable. For Davao City native Emmanuel "Nhel" Belviz who manages a durian and pomelo farm established by his late father Severino, too much rain resulted to poor production of pomelo.   Citing problems with the quality of the fruit, as well as requiring too much pesticide to control the pests, Nhel started planting cacao trees in between the pomelo trees that remained. Some 20 hectares that had durian plantation were also affected during El Nino, and again, they tried planting cacao in between the remaining durian trees.   According to him, he started cacao on two hectares, and increased the planting when the results were good. Now, over 18 hectares of the...

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Surigao del Norte Cacao Planting Activity

To celebrate the Cooperative and Consumer Welfare Month, a cacao planting activity was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO). The activity was done in Brgy Honrado, San Francisco town, Surigao del Norte.   The activity aimed to impart knowledge to on the proper planting of cacao, its sustainability as an investment, and viability of cacao production as a business venture. It also highlighted the importance of these trees in the climate change battle.   Farmer-members of Honrado Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (HONARBECO) as well as the volunteers participated in the cacao planting.   Certified cacao doctor Ricarte Samosino, who...

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