P10-M proposed to develop cacao industry

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE Davao City Agriculturist Office (CAO) has proposed some P10 million funding for the development of the cacao industry in the city this year.

CAO assistant head Roselio Tabay, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the proposed allocation is part of the project proposal to develop the cacao industry that they have submitted to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for approval.

"This is also a response to the mayor's call to support the cacao industry in the city," he said.


Tabay said the proposed funding will go to the procurement of seedlings and organic fertilizers.

He said the proposed budget is enough to assist 310 hectares of cacao plantation.

He said the assistance to the local cacao farmers will be channeled through the General Services Office. But Tabay said they have yet to identify beneficiaries of the project.

Tabay said the office will also assist the farmers by providing trainings and seminars on cacao farming, particularly on the proper practices on cacao growing and production.

Earlier, Tabay said, based on the monitoring of the agency, Davao City has around 2,800 hectares of cacao plantation providing livelihood to some 4,000 farmers.

Duterte earlier ordered the CAO to assist cacao farmers in providing them things they need for cacao farming.

The mayor and other cacao industry players say that farmers should take advantage of the strong market potential of the cacao industry because of the huge demand of the commodity in both the local and foreign market.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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