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Cacao growers profiling in one municipality of Region 2 Philippines: Basis for sustainable development program

Bernard P. Madarang, Wilfredo M. Perciano, Gilbert C. Magulod Jr.

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Int. J. Biosci.19(6), 129-137, December 2021

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/19.6.129-137

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The Cagayan Valley Regional Development Agenda recognized cacao as a possible product commodity in Region 02, Philippines to meet global demand. The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Cagayan Valley has indicated that cacao production has industry potential. Reviving the cacao sector in Region 02 would help farmers increase their income. ATI-RTC 02 provides constant support to farmers to improve their growing techniques and understanding of cacao. Providing a detailed picture of the difficulties and restrictions faced by cacao producers in the municipality will pave the way for improved policy orientations that would increase productivity and sustainability of cacao produced in the region. This was a descriptive survey. Using a pre-tested interview form, primary data was obtained. The study will focus on 35 cacao producers. The names of these cacao growers were obtained from the Lasam Municipal Agriculturist. The data will be examined using frequency, mean, percentage, and standard deviation. Because most cacao producers have less than one hectare plantation, there is a need to encourage them to extend their lands so that sufficient supply of cacao beans would be secured. Cacao producers should form an organization, processing equipment for growers should be explored, and more production and processing training should be provided. Because climate affects cacao trees, wind breaks should be used and organic insecticides should be used to combat pests and illnesses.

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