DOST promotes cacao production in Ifugao

LAMUT, Ifugao Oct. 12(PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology here enjoined farmers to help make Ifugao a cacao -producing province for the benefit of all sectors.

 

Engr. Genna Jallorina, Provincial Science and Technology director, said that they are pushing hard for cacao production in Ifugao through the establishment of  nursery, plantation and as well as processing facilities.

“The elevation and climate in the province is very conducive for cacao production so let’s not waste this opportunity. We hope that those who did not yet plant cacao will plant also,” she said.

Jallorina said  that they started with a small group with around 10 members but with the implementation of various programs many were encouraged to join.

“We are asking your help   to make Ifugao a cacao producing province and we will be expecting cacao products from farmers,” she said as she assured that DOST will provide the necessary assistance  for such endeavor.   

To provide cacao farmers more knowledge about the industry, the DOST  recently conducted techno-demo on cacao post harvest processing and training on tablea production.

Engr. Andres Tuate, Jr, cacao focal person of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech),  informed that the  Philippines was the first to plant cacao in Asia with production  concentrated in Mindanao.

With the growing demand for cocoa beans and cocoa-based products, government agencies and private sectors are converging their efforts to boost the cacao industry in the country  with its great potential in creating livelihood and job opportunities that contribute to poverty alleviation and  economic growth especially in the rural areas.

 “The challenge  now is to produce 100,000 metric tons  of fermented beans by year 2022 for export and domestic markets through a 40% annual increase in production,”  Tuate said. By Marcelo B. Lihgawon (JDP/MB-PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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