Davao cacao farmer wins world’s top 20 best cacao beans

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2019   •   1370

Davao cacao farmer Jose Saguban

Davao cacao farmer Jose Saguban has won the main award for the top 20 best cacao beans in the world in the International Cacao Awards (ICA) in Paris, France.

On Wednesday (October 30), Saguban received the award in an exclusive evening ceremony held at Salon Du Chocolat 2019, in Paris, France.

Saguban is a farming partner of local chocolate brand Auro Chocolate.

The chocolate brand is also ecstatic for his achievement.

“We won!!! Not only did Mang Jose make it to the Top 50, he also won the main award for TOP 20 best cacao beans in the world,” according to their post. “It’s been a long journey since we started working with Mang Jose who was trained by our resident expert Louie on quality and proper fermentation.”

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In August, the ICA listed Saguban as one of the top 50 best cacao producers in the world.—AAC

Capiztahan Festival features seafood, agricultural products of Capiz Province

Maris Federez   •   April 13, 2019

Sumptuous seafood were on display at the Capiztahan Festival | Courtesy: Capiz Tourism and Cultural Affairs Facebook Page

The 118th charter anniversary of the Civil Government of Capiz highlights the province’s richness in agricultural and seafood products.

Among the agri products displayed in the festival are the capiz shells, abaca fiber, and cacao.

Also featured in the festivity are the sumptuous seafood varieties that are presented in the buffet table for everyone’s enjoyment.

There was an overflow of prawns, king crabs, saltwater crabs, squids, fish and oysters enough to feed an army.

Fruits also abound on the table.

Capizeños take pride of their seafood products because of the unique taste and quality.

Proof of this is the big demand for Capiz seafood products from hotels and resorts from other parts of the country.

“Ang amon mga producer, they are all happy because ginaagawan muna kun kaisa indi naton ma control ang price because naga agaw ang Boracay, naga agaw ang metro manila specially nga crabs, prawns talaba sang Capiz may ara nga quality nga manami [Our producers are happy because (merchants) outbid each other, sometimes we can no longer control the price. Those from Boracay bid against those from Metro Manila for crabs, prawns, and oysters of Capiz],” said the Capiz Governor Tony Del Rosario.

The Governor added that the province can now also export its seafood products to Hong Kong and other parts of Europe.

Meanwhile, the local government has launched a new Capiz Tourism and Culture Display Center at the Provincial Park wherein the products of the province are being showcased.

The Capiztahan Festival is an annual celebration in the province of Capiz which aims to promote the products and tourism of the province for its own economic growth. – Maris Federez (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Ancient human tree cultivation shaped Amazon landscape

UNTV News   •   March 3, 2017

File Photo: A view is seen from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas State, Brazil, January 10, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/File Photo

Ancient indigenous peoples had a far more profound impact on the composition of the vast Amazon rainforest than previously known, according to a study showing how tree species domesticated by humans long ago still dominate big swathes of the wilderness.

Researchers said on Thursday many tree species populating the Amazon region appear to be abundant because they were cultivated by people who populated the area before Europeans arrived more than five centuries ago. These include the Brazil nut, cacao, acai palm, rubber, caimito, cashew and tucuma palm.

“So the Amazon is not nearly as untouched as it may seem,” said study researcher Hans ter Steege, a forest community ecologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and Free University of Amsterdam.

The researchers used data on the tree composition of forests at 1,170 sites throughout the Amazon and compared it to a map of more than 3,000 known archaeological sites representing past human settlements.

The study found that 85 tree species known to have been used by Amazonian peoples for fruit, nuts, building materials and other purposes over the past roughly 8,000 years were five times more likely to be dominant in mature Amazon forests than species that had not been domesticated.

It also found that forests closer to the pre-Columbian settlements were much more likely to boast tree species domesticated by ancient peoples.

The Amazon rainforest is a commanding natural feature in South America and one of the world’s richest biological reservoirs, teeming with plant and animal life. Much of it is situated in Brazil but parts are also in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador and French Guiana.

Many of the trees found in large numbers represent species critical for the livelihood and economy of Amazonian peoples. At the time of European conquest, there were an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the Amazon, speaking at least 400 different languages.

“Past civilizations have had a great role in changing, both consciously and unconsciously, the vegetation in the surroundings of their settlements and along paths that they used to travel,” added study researcher Carolina Levis, a doctoral candidate in ecology at Brazil’s National Institute for Amazonian Research and the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands.

The research was published in the journal Science.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)

DA pushes cacao farming in Bulacan to meet growing international demand

admin   •   September 7, 2016

DA pushes cacao farming in Bulacan to meet growing international demand


BULACAN, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is urging all farmers in Bulacan to grow cacao on their farms.

According to Bulacan Provincial Agriculture Office chief Gigi Carillo, the department is scouting for a 10-million hectare land on which cacao seedlings can be grown to boost the cacao industry in the country.

“The demand is a 10-million hectare of land on which to grow cacao to add to certain demands locally and internationally. We are talking about the land on which to plant, so we are scouting for farmers who are willing to go into cacao production, or even land owners who want to invest in cacao production,” said Carillo.

Based on records of the DA, only 800 cacao trees have been planted by farmers in Bulacan.

The department is looking in to planting cacao seedlings in the towns of Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray, Angat, San Ildefonzo and San Rafael.

(UNTV News and Rescue)


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