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Palawan Capitol distributes cacao seedlings to over 2,000 beneficiaries in first quarter

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The Palawan provincial government said that more than 2,000 beneficiaries have received cacao seedlings under the Capitol’s Cacao Agri-Business and Livelihood Program during the first quarter ko the years.

Based on the distribution data of the Livelihood Project Management Unit, the seedlings were distributed to 196 beneficiaries from Bataraza, 827 from Rizal, 296 from Quezon, 106 in Aborlan, 16 in Bataraza, 460 in Brooke’s Point, 68 in Narra, 94 from Roxas, and 121 from Sofroñio Española.

The office also said that 1,632,703 cacao seedlings were given to the beneficiaries in the first three months of the year.

“Sa ngayon, ay mayroon tayong 860,079 na standing crops mula sa mga naipamahagi natin na seedlings. Medyo mataas ang number ng mortality kasi pabago-bago ang panahon natin dito, minsan maulan minsan sobrang init, kaya nasa mahigit 700,000 seedlings ang namatay,” Dr. Myrna Lacanilao, program manager ng Livelihood Project Management Unit, said.

“Pero mayroon din tayong ibinigay na replacement para doon, nasa 400,000 seedlings ang ibinigay natin ulit.”

The said Cacao Agri-Business and Livelihood Program is an upscaling program of the Capitol under its I-HELP program which started in 2014.

“Bukod dito, kabilang din sa programa ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ang Coconut, Seaweeds Industry Development Program at Agri-lime Production Program,” said the province.