Training of trainers on cacao production on the go!

Training of trainers on cacao production on the go!

 A total of 25 Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) from the five provinces in the region participated in the Season-Long Training of Trainers (TOT) on cacao production. It aims on enhancing the AEWs’ knowledge, attitude and skills in producing and processing cacao as trainers in their respective localities. 

Said training was conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center 13. Spearheaded by the focal persons of the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) under the Partnership and Accreditation Services Section (PASS) of the institute.
 
On the other hand, 150 cacao farmers will be involved in five affiliated Farmers’ Field School (FFS) that will be conducted by the trainees in the middle of the training.
 
The season-long TOT started on August 8, 2017 and is expected to culminate on December in the same year within the four months duration. It also involves processing and utilization of cacao with the application of the good agricultural practices that is suitable in the region.
 
This training on cacao production addresses DA’s goal to lead farmers towards generating high income from cacao through processing and packaging of technologies without jeopardizing the environment. It is also substantial for the AEWs as well as farmers in strengthening their capability of producing quality cocoa beans, thus enhancing food security and safety.