Davao Oriental revs up cacao production
Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang called on farmers in the province to inter-crop with cacao in their farms in order to raise the country’s cacao production and earn additional income for them due to the high global demand for cacao.
Dayanghirang was quoted by the Philippine News Agency as saying that propagating cacao will give farmers more advantage because of its high market value compared to the erratic price of other farm products.
“If copra’s price plummets down, farmers have no need to worry because of the huge demand for cacao, making this high-value crop more sustainable and viable,” Dayanghirang told the PNA.
He said his dream is that Davao Oriental’s farmers would one day graduate from being mere producers to entrepreneurs who could market their own products.
Davao Oriental has been promoting the cacao industry since 2012.
The province has close to 5,000 hectares planted to cacao.
Now, it has readied 15,000 hectares ready to be planted with three million cacao trees that would hopefully yield around 17,700 tons of high quality fermented beans annually.