Aiming to reach the given quota by the end of CY 2022, the High-Value Crop Development Program of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I conducted a one-day training on Basic Cacao Production Technology cum Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on May 24, 2018 at DA-RFO I, San Fernando City, La Union.

Based on the 2016 world data on cacao production, the Philippines produces less than 1% of the total recorded production hence, it wants to capture a bigger slice in the growing cacao global market. Thus, the government has committed to produce 100,000 MT by the end of CY 2022. Given a quota of 1000 MT, the Ilocos region has conducted series of training on cacao production in all of its provinces to impart rudimentary knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of cacao production.

According to Mr. David John Rondal of the HVCDP and who at the same time served as the lecturer, La Union has an allocation of 20,000 cacao seedlings for CY 2018 and an additional 53,000 seedlings from last year’s allocation, making it a total of 73,000 cacao seedlings. The seedlings will be distributed to interested farmers and stakeholders in the province, prioritizing those who participated in the training. With the increasing support to the cacao industry and the conduct of trainings like the basic cacao production, farmers are expected to expand their area of production and increase their volume of produce.

Aside from the cacao production management, DA interventions and support for cacao and other high-value crops including coffee and mango were also discussed.

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