Davao City seeks to revive senile cacao trees
The Department of Agriculture regional office in Davao City is rehabilitating senile cacao trees to arrest declining productivity.
Melani Provido, coordinator of the DA-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), was quoted by Businessmirror as saying that P49 million has been allotted for the rehabilitation of cacao trees not less than 10 years old and whose productivity have declined.
The P49-million rehabilitation fund is broken down into P42 million for fertilizer, P6 million for pruning shears and pruning saw, and P1 million for budding knife.
Rehabilitation involves identification of old trees, formative pruning, side grafting, and fertilizer application.
Provido is hoping that the rehabilitation of identified cacao farms would “sustain the region as the leading producer of quality cacao beans in the country.”
Rehabilitation demonstration farms, similar to the ones in Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, are being eyed in Davao City and Davao del Norte.