Bicol Takes Cacao Challenge

Participants listen to the actual demonstration during the 2-day cacao training.

 LABO, Camarines Norte- In response to the of the 2020 Philippine Cacao Challenge which aims to produce 100,00 metric tons of cacao by year 2020 and beyond, the Agricultural Training Institute- Regional Training Center Region 5 (ATI-RTC 5) launched a training entitled ‘Training on Cacao Production, Processing and Other Value- Adding Technology with Good Agricultural Practices.’ 
Forty-eight participants composed of cacao growers, rural women and representatives from local government units and non-government organizations took part in the two-day training. They were capacitated with the different cacao production technologies including cultural practices, water management, fertilizer application, pest and disease management, harvest and postharvest, asexual propagation, cacao beans processing and other value adding technologies. 
In addition, the participants were oriented on the different practices and principles of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). They also did hands-on activities such as pruning and cleft grafting. As an extension support to training, they were provided with IEC materials and grafted cacao seedlings.
The said activity was also supported by the Local Government Unit of Labo. It was held at Labo Convention Center last February 8 and 9, 2016.