Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Rep. Cresente Paez, a three-termer in the House of Representatives under the Coop Natcco Partylist, has convened an alliance of three large cooperatives  in Cebu, which vowed to make the province a top producer of cacao.

Called "Coop Sugbo Coalition", the group consists of Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative; Sibonga Multipurpose Cooperative; and Compostela Market Vendors Cooperative.

Some 500,000 seedlings of cacao were planted in Lamac, Pinamungajan, covering some 500 hectares of land.  Lamac MPC also targeted an additional 700 hectares of farm lands for cacao; while 200 hectares will be set up by Sibonga Multipurpose Cooperative, and by Compostela Market Vendors Cooperative.

"We are very serious about this project because we want the farmers to be productive," Rep. Paez, who was adopted as Senatorial Candidate of the Liberal Party, said.

The business venture should increase Cebu's agricultural production with focus on cacao, Paez pointed out.

Paez also reported that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has already subsidized cacao farming in its National Greening Program, even as he appealed that farmers be given good variety of inputs.

Kennemer Foods International has partnered with farmers as buyer of cacao produce.  It needs at least 2, 000 hectares of cacao plantation in Cebu alone.

(Source:  Province of Cebu, Official Website). 

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