Overseas Choco-lovin’: OFW group, to support cacao farming
Who doesn’t like chocolates? This OFW group adores chocolate so much, that they’re willing to support the backbone of chocolate production – cacao farmers.
A group of OFWs aims to enhance chocolate production in the Philippines through funding support for local cacao farmers.
OFW para sa Magsasaka (OPM) has recently launched a project that asks OFWs to put in and invest in agricultural projects and work with cacao farmers of Agusan del Sur in Mindanao, Rappler reported.
The project is pretty straight forward. OFWs are encourages to invest through OPM, which will handle and manage the investments of the farmers’ equipment, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, foliar equipment, seedlings, and even infrastructure for farming.
The group also implements training programs for the local farmers to ensure that their cacao beans can be vended at the most optimal price possible. The profit of the farm will be distributed fairly among the farmers and their respective OFW partners.
“This is an invitation for our modern-day heroes, our OFWs, to make use of their blessings and actively get involved with our local communities back home.
With OPM, we present them a unique win-win opportunity to pursue inclusive growth in our countryside by partnering with our farmers in Mindanao,” Iman Suguitan said, an entrepreneur who spearheads the group along with her sister Luchie Suguitan.
The first seed cycle was secured last May 25 upon exceeding their target number of hectares to be farmed. They will be handling 20 hectares of intercropped cacao lands in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, and will start sowing this July.