DA backs cacao sector


    The Department of Agriculture (DA) has officially declared Davao City as the cacao capital of the Philippines.

    DA Secretary William Dar said the agency will continue to extend support and assistance to cacao stakeholders to improve yield and product quality.

    Initiatives include the inclusion of cacao in the High-Value Crops Development Program.

    Dar said Davao cacao beans have been recently selected as one of the top 50 samples for the Cocoa of Excellence Program, the entry point to the International Cocoa Awards.

    Davao cacao is also one of the sought-after beans by chocolate makers from the US, Japan and Europe.

    Davao City was the top producer of cacao beans for the entire Davao region producing 2,289.74 metric tons (MT) last year, 38 percent in regional share.

    Together with five other provinces Davao del Sur, Davao de Borte, Davao de Oro, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental, the region’s total contribution to national production for 2019 reached 5,960.23 MT or 70.21 percent of the total national output of cacao.