San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012
A government-funded effort to increase cacao production in the Kalinga province of the Philippines was recently announced. Massage School San Diego, which helps people find massage therapy schools in San Diego, has moved to support this effort, stating that improved cacao production in the Philippines would help expand the raw cacao industry worldwide.
The Philippines Department of Agriculture has distributed 3,500 cacao seedlings to local farming groups in the Kalinga province, in an effort to develop and expand the cacao industry within the country. The Dupligan Farmers Cooperative, located in Brgy, Dupligan, received 3,000 of the seedlings; another farming group located in Barangay Lacnog was the recipient of the other 500. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist identified cacao as a possible high value crop, due to its high yield and soil requirements. The government hopes this effort will help cacao become a cash crop for the nation, second only to coffee, though local farmers say cacao actually tends to sell at a higher rate than coffee.
Cacao, more commonly called cocoa, is a bean commonly used in manufacturing chocolate. It goes on trees in a leathery, fruit-like pod; most pods contain anywhere from 30 to 50 beans. These beans are then dried and used in chocolate and other cocoa-based products. Cacao is said to have many health benefits, specifically to the cardiovascular system.
Kalinga is a small province located on the Luzon island of the Philippines. It is home to 182,326 people and is divided into 42 bangarays, or villages. Kalinga includes a variety of land features, from rainforest areas and grasslands to mountains and flatlands. Its capital is Tabuk, where nearly 90,000 citizens live. Kalinga was previously named Kalinga-Apayao until 1995, when Kalinga and Apayao were split into separate provinces.
The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is a government bureau that exists to promote the improvement of the country’s agricultural industry and its workers, including farmers, fishermen and more. It is an offshoot of the country’s Department of Agriculture. The agency supports various programs designed to expand the industry, including an irrigation development program, a productivity enhancement program, an organic agriculture development program and an aquaculture development program.
Massage School San Diego has announced its support of the Philippines’ government effort to increase cacao production within the country, stating that an improved industry in the Philippines will help to expand and improve the raw cacao industry as a whole worldwide.
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