Davao named Cacao Capital of the Philippines

As Davao City consistently to be the top producer of high-quality cacao beans, the city is officially declared by the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines.

This is according to the statement released by DA today, September 8, 2020 (Tuesday).

Here’s the statement of the DA:

“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.”

The City of Davao has produced 2,289.74 metric tons (MT) of cacao last 2019 which is equivalent to 38 percent in regional share according to DA.

Also in 2019, a total of 5,960.23 MT or 70.21 percent of the total national output was contributed by Davao City together with Davao del Sur, Davao de Borte, Davao de Oro, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental.

Davao Cacao Recognized Internationally

In the statement of DA, Davao cacao was recognized as one of the world’s best and is now one of the sought-after beans by chocolate makers from the U.S., Japan, and Europe.

Additionally, Davao cacao beans were recently selected as one of the Top 50 samples for the 2017 Edition of the Cocoa of Excellence Programme, the entry point for the International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.

Source: Department of Agriculture

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