Boosting cacao production yields sweet results for choco industry
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ strategic location and favorable soil and climatic conditions make the country the best option for planting cacao. However, cacao production in the country does not meet the growing demand as most cacao growers are not using high quality planting materials.
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) currently addresses this challenge by promoting the use of high quality and high yielding cacao varieties (HYV) in nurseries and plantations, rehabilitating unproductive plantations, and utilizing cacao pods or postharvest wastes as green energy source.
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