Assist cacao farmers, Duterte orders CAO-A A +A
Sunday, February 9, 2014
DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) to conduct trainings to assist cacao farmers in the city, particularly on latest practices and technology on cacao growing.
"I will tell them [CAO] to go out to you [farmers] and assist you, as a matter of fact this is the order now," Duterte said Sunday.
The mayor ordered all CAO employess to go to the rural areas and begin to lecture on how cacao should be grown or handled.
He said that there is a shortage of cacao right now in the market and farmers should take advantage of this because they might "hit the jackpot" if they begin to invest in the cacao industry.
Duterte said measures are now being undertaken to attract investors and buyers to invest and purchase from cacao producers in the city.
During the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex last Monday, chair of the committee on agriculture Councilor Marissa S. Abella said as part of her program for the agricultural sector, she will be focusing on the development of the cacao industry.
"According to Department of Agriculture 11 Regional Director Remelyn Ricoter, the demand for cacao in the Philippines is 40,000 tonnes and only 10 percent of it is being produced," she said.
Abella said this will be an opportunity to the farmers for them to uplift their livelihood.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 10, 2014.