The Department of Agriculture-High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP) thru the Provincial Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Office (PAENRO) conducted a cacao investment forum at Bahawit Nursery, Lagawe, Ifugao. It was attended by 150 farmers from the different municipalities of Ifugao attended the activity.
The activity aims to promote the potentials, technology innovations, and updates on cacao farming in Ifugao. It also highlighted the latest and competitive farm practices within the ASEAN.
Governor Pedro Mayam-o committed his full support to the cacao programs and to the farmers. He also encouraged the farmers to plant other fruit bearing trees which could be a great help in the community.
“I was born in a family of farmers that’s why my heart is close to the farmers. I will try my best to request funds from the DA through Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to continually uphold our programs,” he said.
The topics highlighted during the forum included new trends and prospects in the cacao industry, bio-intensive cacao farming, technological support for upgrading of local cacao, value chain in cacao farming, from planting to manufacturing, and helpful tips for a successful orchard farming.
Morever, Benjamin Lunag, Jr., Provincial HVCDP Coordinator discussed on cacao industry production, its uses and benefits for the bakery and biscuit industry, instant drink production, compound confectionery, ice cream, protection of biodiversity and its role in reforestation. “Research shows that flavanols found in cocoa is credited for its heart-healthy benefits and may help treat diabetes, stroke and vascular dementia,” he said.
Meanwhile, farmers have requested several trainings on pest management and nursery management for cacao seedling production.//