TADIAN in Mountain Province to grow cacao to produce mountain cocoa soon. This developed after 20 villagers– beneficiaries in Barangay Tue attended a twoday community-based training in cacao processing recently. The Agro program initiated by the Local Government Unit of Tadian is in partnership with the Provincial Government of Mountain Province and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Mountain Province Office, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Mountain Province Office.

The training introduced cacao products that seek to generate employment in Tadian through cacao production and processing, said Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist and local cacao
farmer, Jones G. Malwagay. Cacao is seen as an important industrial crop with huge potential in
terms of domestic and export demands. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), cacao dried beans with pulp production during the first quarter of 2023 declined to 2.35 thousand metric tons. This indicates a decrease of -1.4 percent from the 2.38 thousand metric tons recorded output in the same period of last year in the country.

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