Lamitan coop grows cacao in 400 has farm PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:14

The Lamitan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (LARBECO) in Barangay Limook, Lamitan City, Basilan is currently rehabilitating some 400 hectares of cacao plantation.

Rodelio Q. Ramonez, LARBECO Administrative  Officer, disclosed that the cooperative on November 2013  entered into a memorandum of agreement with Kennemer Foods Inc.based in Davao City which LARBECO will supply cacao beans to Kennemer and Kennemer will provide them with technology on Cacao production and seedlings as well as solar dryer for the beans to dry.

Ramonez said that Cacao beans have many uses for the health aside from making chocolates bars or candies. It is also an ingredient for medicines, cosmetics and many others.

According to Ramonez, LARBECO has 1,227 total land area with 375 beneficiaries. It was started in 1994. Its major productions are rubber plantation producing rubber extract, coconuts and cacao. It has processing plants for rubber extract, coconust meats and traditional processing plant to retain  the produced freshness and quality.

Formerly, LARBECO was Cocoland plantation but when Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the plantation land area was distributed to the employees and workers.

Previously, the plantation supplied cacao beans to Nestle Company through PHILCOA. — Allen Abastillas