Cebu wants to be a cacao producer
The Cebu provincial government wants to make the province a cacao producer by encouraging cooperatives to plant more cacao to take advantage of rising global demand.
The Cebu government, in its website, said a two-day mandatory training was held for cooperatives in Camotes Island to make farmers aware of the benefits of cacao planting.
Small farmers were encouraged to grow cacao underneath mango and coconut trees and sell the beans to three cooperatives in Cebu that have invested in cacao-farming.
The farmers were told that cacao trees require only very small space and 30 percent of sunlight to grow.
They were also told that one hectare of land planted to cacao can earn as much as P200,000 yearly, which is higher than rowing mango, coconut and palm oil.