Cacao growers in Butuan to receive free planting materials from gov’t
The Department of Agriculture (DA-Caraga Region 13) promised to bring in as much as P1.5 million worth of planting materials in Butuan to support the city’s cacao industry.
“We are very willing to extend our help for the cacao industry,” DA 13 Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said in a report.
“Our objectives are on the same page and that is to help improve the plight of the poor and the convergence that we made here today will help us to be in the right direction in strengthening the industry,” he added.
The support includes the delivery of post-harvest facilities as well as helping cacao growers to market their yield.
The pledge was made during the Mindanao Cacao Link 2017, which was attended by cacao growers, traders, processors and other industry stakeholders.
Cacao Link is considered the country’s biggest technical and commercial event for the cacao industry as latest scientific and market research developments are showcased by the different players of the cacao chain.
At present, the country’s average cacao production is only at 10,000 metric tons (MT) to 12,000 MT a year.