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Declaration of Davao City as the “Cacao Capital of the Philippines” (September 7, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 7 September 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has officially named Davao City the Cacao Capital of the Philippines, as it continues to be the top producer of cacao beans for the entire region on September 7, 2020.

The declaration was made following the consistent production of high-quality beans in the Davao region. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority from 2015 to the present, regional yield contributes an average of 80 percent to the total volume produced throughout the country.

As one of the important commodities in Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture has continued to extend support and assistance to cacao stakeholders to improve yield and product quality

In 2019, the city alone produced 2,289.74 metric tons (MT) of cacao, translating to 38 percent in regional share. Together with five other provinces in the region namely Davao del Sur, Davao de Borte, Davao de Oro, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental, the region’s total contribution to national production for 2019 reached 5,960.23 MT or 70.21 percent of the total national output. (Photos by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)