Fri, 09/22/2023 - 14:39

Kabacan, Cotabato - In a collaborative effort to boost the Philippine Cacao Industry and enhance agricultural practices, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), under the Coconut Farmers Industry Program (CFIDP), has joined forces with the Philippine Cacao Industry Council (PCIC) and the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) to initiate the Batch 2 of the Training on Cacao Production, Post Harvesting, and Coconut-Cacao Intercropping.

The training commenced last September 18, 2023 at the ATI Satellite Training Center XII, located within the USM Compound in Kabacan, Cotabato.

Mr. Romermart Aubigne M. Peñamora, the Officer-in-Charge of the PAD-ABESPA, represented ATI National Director IV, Engr. Remelyn R. Recoter, and conveyed her message of support and encouragement to all the participants. Dr. Edrward A. Barlaan, a Professor Emeritus from USM, extended a warm welcome to the participants, emphasizing the significance of this training for the future of cacao farming.

Additionally, Ms. Rachel S. Remetio, the City Director of DTI Davao City Field Office, delivered a message of support, urging participants to strive for high-quality cacao bean production.

The intensive 5-day training program, which has drawn 30 Cacao farmer-beneficiaries identified by PCIC,  and concluded on September 22, 2023.

Moreover, Mr. Ruben T. Tacadao, Division Chief from the Philippine Coconut Authority, provided a concise overview of the Coconut Farmers Industry Program (CFIDP). Dr. Romiel John P. Basan, an Assistant Professor from USM, then delved into a comprehensive discussion on Planning and Managing Coconut-Cacao Business.

This collaborative initiative aims to empower farmers with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in cacao production and intercropping techniques, ultimately contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Philippine Agricultural Sector.