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Caraga to achieve target cacao production of 3,000 MT early than expected

Caraga region is now poised to tap its target cacao production to 3,000 metric tons (MT) earlier than expected.

The country, especially Caraga, is potential for cacao production because of its strategic location and ideal weather condition.

Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Caraga had a 60 MT production in 2015 with an area planted of 1,252 hectares.

Under the region’s Cacao Industry Roadmap 2017-2022, Caraga has a production target of 3,000 MT of dried fermented beans.

“However, with the concerted efforts of the [Cacao Development] council and the various government agencies involved, this target just might be achieved already by next year,” said Christopher Lindo, Chairperson of the Caraga Cacao Industry Council.

At present, the country’s average production is at 10,000 MT to 12,000 MT a year.

The Department of Agriculture-Caraga also recently pledged its support to the cacao industry by distributing a total of 1.5 million cacao planting materials up to the year 2022.

“We are very willing to extend our help for the cacao industry. Our objectives are on the same page that is to help the plight of the poor. The convergence that we made today will help us to be in the right direction in strengthening the industry”, said DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo.

At present, the country’s average production is at 10,000 MT to 12,000 MT a year.



 

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