Cacao seminar held in Ayala PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2016 11:53

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

The Golden Beans Eco-Agro Producers Cooperative hosted a two-day seminar on “Orientation and Training on Sustainable Cacao Production held August 23 -24,2016 at AHS – Nursery at NJB Farm in  Barangay Ayala, this city.

The two-day seminar was held in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- 9  and the Community Environment and Natural resources Office Zamboanga City.

AHS Agri-Agua Ventures Chairman  Angelo H.  Sunglao (Retired Police Director ) invited Philippine Cacao Guru Peter B. Cruz , Allan M. Datu-Imam and Jade Mark Antay of Kennemer Foods International based in Davao City to talk during the seminar.

Participants were from the DENR, Dept. of Trade and industry, City Agriculture Office, cacao farmers of the city,  Western Mindanao State University  Dean of Forestry Dr. Fredelino M. San Juan and Dean Jocelyn P. Pedroso of WMSU College of Agriculture.

Sunglao told the participants that the cacao industry is the key to progress for the country including Zamboanga City.

“We have to love our land and plant cacao,”  Sunglao said.

Lecturer Peter Cruz told the participants that there will be a shortage of 1 million metric tons of cacao beans in 2020.

He said people should plants cacao because it is eco-friendly and income-sure  as well as livelihood source.

Davao City is the number supplier of dried cacao beans to the United States thru Kennemer and to the biggest chocolate makers in the world like Mars USA. The price of cacao per kilo is getting higher everyday because of shortfall of stocks. In 2007 it was P73 per kilo and in 2015 it soared to P147.

According to Cruz, the ten biggest countries and consumers of chocolates are Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, USA and France. The 10 big companies that produce cacao foods are Mars USA, Mordelie USA, Nestle Switzerland, Feivers Italy, Meui Japan, Hershey USA, Cicoladenfabriken Switzerland, Ascor Argentina, Ezki Japan and Yildiz Turkey, and the 10 countries producing cacao beans are Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Cameroon, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Davao City only  produced and exported 17,000 metric tons.

“We need to produce more”, Cruz said.

Jade Mark Antay conducted an actual demonstration on how to prune regularly the excess stems of cacao trees so that it will produce more fruits.

Antay told the participants that the pruned stems are also very useful for grafting for new seedlings.

CENRO Officer Ben Acana told the participants that Cacao is good for the environment. — Allen Abastillas