Some 104 famers finished their course on coffee and cacao production through Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 8 (DA-RFO8) University-on-the-Air (UOA) in the province of Samar on November 9, 2016, at the Samar State University Gymnasium, Catbalogan City.
The UOAs broadcast course is anchored on Coffee and Cacao Production which is focused on imparting to the farmers knowledge and technical know-how in producing quality coffee and cacao commodities.
The course also aims to increase the region’s yield production of cacao and be able to contribute to the attainment of 5% or equivalent to 100,000 metric tons of quality cacao. The said percentage is the region’s share of the pie to the country’s 2022 cacao challenge.
In partnership with the Provincial Local Government of Samar thru its Provincial Agriculture Office, the 4-month broadcast course produced 140 graduates coming from the municipalities of Calbiga and Paranas, and Catbalogan City- the three major cacao and coffee producing areas in the province of Samar.
During the event, Board Member and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Alvin D. Abejuela, emphasized the importance of producing quality cacao and coffee in improving the economy of the region.
“A chain reaction happens when our farmers are able to produce these commodities sufficiently and with quality by providing them all the needed interventions.
There is a sure market for these (coffee and cacao); hence, finding buyers is just a cinch due to its high demand in the local and international market; then our farmers will earn income and will be able to provide good life for their families,” he stated.
On the other hand, Ms Ma. Christina E. Colasito of DA’s Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section, expressed her gratitude to the farmers for their unwavering support to the UOA throughout the years of its implementation.
She stressed the important use of cacao as the number one ingredient of chocolate, and coffee as the top beverage around the globe.
“It is not difficult to market your produce because many are interested in it; you can easily find buyers even in your respective municipalities because everybody likes it,” she said.
The event was capped with raffle draw of goodies after the awarding of certificates to the graduates. (KEVIN G. BIOL, Administrative Aide IV, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)