Davao as the next potential choco capital
Philippines as a major producer of chocolates? Sounds like a very sweet treat for cacao farmers!
In his column for Philippine Star, Boo Chanco said that the government should focus on Davao as a chocolate production capital of the Philippines.
Recently, Malagos, the local chocolate product from Davao, won several awards in the global market. Chanco said that what is left to do is to help local farmers in producing more cacao and provide assistance to the processors to sustain high quality that allows them to earn a mark in the global market.
“The focus for cacao growing is Mindanao, which accounts for 90 percent of the Philippine cacao production, and 80 percent coming from the Davao region alone. Majority of Mindanao cacao producers are small farm holdings” Chanco said.
He explained that data from Philippine Provincial Agriculturist Offices (PAGROs) show that Davao region has more than 20,000 hectares of plantations for cacao, with Davao City having the biggest area of 6,060 hectares.
“So there… a good crop with a ready world and local market. This could be a good opportunity for a President from Davao to show what he can do to help an industry that is all set to produce a product we can be proud of in the world market”, he explained in the publication.