CACAO FARMING ON THE RISE IN PALAWAN


Cacao farming is fast gaining many adherents among farmers in Palawan.
Dr. Myrna O. Lacanilao, Overall Program Manager of the Livelihood Project Management Unit of the provincial government told Palawan News that last year 1,000 hectares have been planted with cacao in the towns of Bataraza and Rizal.
“Isang ektarya bawat benepisyaryo ang binigay ng provincial government, kaya umabot din ng isang libong magsasaka ang nabenepisyuhan nito.” Lacanilao said.
She said that cacao farming is “exclusively targetted for farmers in Southern Palawan.”
This does not include Narra who is focusing in rice farming.
Next month, cacao farmers in the towns of Brookes Point, Sofronio Espaniola, Quezon and Aborlan are targeting 5,000 hectares of land in these areas.
Lacanilao said that the project is not free as the farmers will have to pay the cost of the planting.
“Paunti- unti yung gagawin nilang pagbabayad. Every ani nila, 30 percent ng kanilang harvest ay ibabayad nila at ang 70 percent dito ay mapupunta sa kanila. Hanggang matapos nila na mabayaran ito, ” she said.
The cost per beneficiary is P57, 611.
“Hindi binibigay na cash sa mga magsasaka,mayroon ding consultancy para sa mga mangangalaga ng mga tanim,” Lacanilao said.

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