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Cacao stakeholders urged to keep Davao as origin of quality cacao beans

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Agriculture Attache Pit Laquian has urged Davao cacao stakeholders to keep up its increasing popularity as origin for quality cacao beans to meet the high standards of European market.

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“Positioning is the name of the game. We can connect with the market but quality must be something to be proud of. We have export readiness and can create demands (of your products,)” Liquian said, adding that stakeholders and the Department of Agriculture must join hands to make the local cacao industry more competitive.

Cacao stakeholders led by Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc. (CIDAMi) executive director Val Turtor presented on Friday the industry concerns which include more technical trainings, appropriate post harvest facilities, strengthening of Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) nursery accreditation and significant trade exhibits that could lead to more market linkages.

“We would like to request our Europe agri attache to send cacao technical expert to teach us how to produce hig-end chocolates acceptable to European consumers,” Turtor said.

To provide more focused directions and intervention, DA Undersecretary Francisco Villano has directed DA-Region 11 High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) coordinator Melani Provido to assign a cacao focal person to address the concerns of the cacao stakeholders.

“Since this is the first time that DA-11 will have a cacao coordinator, he or she must be dedicated and has passion for cacao,” Villano added.

Villano assured the stakeholders that the issues and concern raised during the meeting will be relayed to Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

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