City to form monitoring body for cacao industry

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

THE draft for the estabilshment of a monitoring committee for the cacao industry in Davao City will be submitted this week by the City Agriculturist Office (CAO), an official said.

CAO assistant head Rocelio Tabay, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said they are now on the stage of finalizing the draft of the Davao City Cacao Industry Council and will submit it lawyer Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin, assistant city administrator for operations, within the week.

"The members of the council will be coming from both the public and private sector." he said.


Tabay said the main function of the council is to oversee the development of the cacao industry.

"This will include in making sure the expansion of the industry is well under way and matching or ushering our farmers to markets," he said.

Earlier, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the CAO to train and assist cacao farmers in the city due to the industry's strong market potential.

The mayor has also urged farmers to invest in the industry.

The CAO has also submitted a project proposal wherein P10 million has been alloted for the cacao industry in Davao City.

Tabay said the money will go into the procurement of high quality seedlings and organic fertilizers.

Recently there has been efforts by both the City Government and the regional offices of government agencies in stepping up the cacao production in Davao City and the region.

For instance, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region has allocated P14 million for the development of the industry in the region.

Earlier, DA 11 officer-in-charge assistant regional director Maria Febe T. Orbe said the budget will be utilized for the provision of seedlings, planting equipments, machines, post harvest facilities, trainings, and marketing assistance.

"The global market for cacao is huge with a demand of around 4.8 million metriic tons," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 21, 2014.


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