Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. delivers a message to cacao industry stakeholders who are attending the two-day Cacao Link - Visayas held at Royal Garden Hall, Iloilo City on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. assured full support to the cacao farmers in the province amid renewed interest in the development of the cacao industry. Defensor made the assurance during the opening of the two-day CacaoLink-Visayas organized by the Philippine Cacao Industry Council in cooperation with the Region VI Cacao Industry Council and in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DTI) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The event is a business development initiative which hopes to open up the business opportunities of the cacao industry while at the same time address the major industry constraints through the transfer of appropriate and latest cacao production and processing technologies.
Cacao industry stakeholders from Western, Central and Eastern Visayas are attending the activity held at Royal Garden Hall in Iloilo City.
Gov. Defensor stressed that his administration has given priority to the development of cacao and coffee plantations in the different parts of the province. He initially allotted P10 million for the initiative. The fund will be used to procure cacao and coffee seedlings and as financial assistance to qualified farmers cooperatives or associations. “With the increasing demand of cacao and coffee not only here in the country but all over the world, I am sure that this endeavor will succeed,” Defensor said. “I am sure this will also help improve the lives of our farmers,” the governor added referring to the increasing demand for cacao in the market which would result in added income to the farmers.
The conference featured Business-to-Business encounter, Techno Demo and Technical Sessions with renowned resource persons. There is also a Trade Exhibit showcasing the best cacao products and chocolate products and cacao farming inputs, technologies and various services available for the cacao industry.