Gov’t, private sector tie up to boost cacao industry
The public and private sector decided to improve their collaboration and cooperation to develop the country’s struggling cacao industry.
This was agreed upon the recently held Mindanao Cacao Link 2017, which was hosted by the Caraga Cacao Industry Council in Butuan City.
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.
“The creation of the Cacao Industry Development Council in each region has been a big help in developing and strengthening the country’s cacao industry because there is already a convergence of the public and private sectors,” said Edwin Banquerigo, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) National Cacao Cluster Coordinator.
According to Banquerigo, the Philippines started practicing the industry clustering approach five years ago and had an average national annual production of 5,000 metric tons (MT). At present, the country’s average production is at 10,000 MT to 12,000 MT a year.
Valente Turtur, Chairperson of the Philippine Cacao Industry Council (PCIC), added that the council is not merely focusing on the volume of production but rather the quality of the produce.
Thus, training is regularly being conducted to be able to teach farmers to produce quality products. He also said that small cacao farmers should attach with organizations so that they can be assisted with their needs.
“Today we are trying to shift the mindset of everyone that they need to work hard as cacao farming is a source of income, we don’t need to rely on everything from the government, we should also do our part,” he emphasized.