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Cacao country! Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara beefs up cacao planting program

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The Bicol region is known for pili, but Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara is helping it become cacao country as well.

A post on Bichara’s Facebook page said the provincial government launched the Cacao Sustainable Production in 2016 and so far, 655 hectares have been planted with cacao.

Bichara has also tapped the communities to monitor the implementation of the program.

Recently, 1500 grafted cacao was given to three farmers as part of the Sustainable Cacao Development Program.

This means the project is going strong, and Albay could look forward to more cacao harvests in the years to come.

Who can’t wait for more cacao products?

“The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) through the Albay Provincial Agricultural Office (APAO) has launched Cacao Sustainable Production in 2016. For almost 4 years since the program was implemented, a total of 655 hectares of coco-based areas have been inter-cropped with cacao out of the 1000 hectares target.

In addition, Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara employed Community Facilitators assigned to the different Local Government Units of Albay to directly monitor the implementation of the program.

Yesterday (June 9, 2020), the APAO under the supervision of Cheryll Rebeta together with DA RF05 Rodel Tornilla, HVCDP Dr. Mae Rodriguez, and RTD for operations Dr. Luz Macelino assisted the released of 1500 grafted cacao to 3 farmers of Polangui as a part of the Sustainable Cacao Development Program,” Bichara’s page posted.