ATI XI Conducts Skills Training for Cacao Farmers

Mr. Januario Bentain teaches the participants on the proper selection of scion from the cacao tree.

 As Davao region is being positioned as the Cacao capital of the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) XI conducted a training  proposed by the cacao farmers.
A total of twenty-nine (29) farmers and NGO representatives successfully completed the three-day Training Course on Cacao Production, Processing and Marketing conducted in November 7-9, 2016 at ATI-RTC XI, Datu Abdul Dadia, Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Training Project Officer Ofelia Sanchez said that the activity was focused on giving knowledge on the cacao industry situation at the national and local level, as well as skills in the production practices of cacao, identification of various pests and diseases of cacao and their management practices, the postharvest processing of cacao beans and records keeping.
“To respond to the challenge brought about by the ASEAN integration, topics on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) has since been included in our various trainings not just on cacao but other commodity crops,” Sanchez added. She said that the lectures include importance and benefits of a GAP-certified farm.
The participants said that the training gave them knowledge on the guideline for GAP certification and the technical skills on how to produce good quality cacao beans to keep up with the standards of the foreign market.
Mr. Jeear Ogao, a youth farmer and one of the participants of the training appreciated the important skills and strategies he learned from ATI XI saying, "Akoa jud ning iapply sa amuang uma tanan nako natun-an diri sa ATI", he said. (I will surely apply the learnings I acquired from ATI in our farm).