CELEBRATE CHOCOLATE | Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Cynthia Villar leads the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of this year's Kakao Konek at Davao Convention Center, Davao City.

Joining her are: Department of Agriculture -XI Regl. Technical Director Marila Corpuz (1st L), CIDAMI President Val Turtur (2nd L) and other key industry players.

Focusing on the theme: "Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate - Chocolate," the biggest annual cacao and chocolate event convenes all industry stakeholders from cacao farmers, government officials, technical experts, processors, input providers, investors, chocolatiers, and chocolate lovers.

Discover various cacao and chocolate products such as cacao nibs, tablea, award-winning and promising chocolate brands, choco drinks, cacao beauty soap and a lot more. Get the feel of the vibrancy and diversity of our Ph's cacao industry thru this event which runs from October 18-20. 

Director Ricardo Oñate welcomes the delegates during the 26th National Fruit Symposium held in Davao City.(Photo by: Jen Tangonan DA-11)

 In a hope to improve livelihood and nutrition through the promotion of indigenous and exotic fruit production, the Philippine Fruit Association Inc. (PFA) in partnership with Department of Agriculture (DA) convene the fruit stakeholders in the country for the 26th National Fruit Symposium.

The forum aims to promote the indigenous fruit species and their important role in the well-being and income of people.


 “More than anything else,  the moral obligation of a leader is to make sure that he is able to feed his people.”  This was bared by Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during the Municipal and City Food Security Summit, Mindanao Cluster, challenging the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) to maximize the food production potential of their community.

Piñol said that the country has 7 percent deficit in rice production especially that calamities that every now and then hit major rice production areas in Luzon, which resulted  to increase of rice supply deficit.  This he said is the reason why the country still needs to   import rice from the world market.

FEEDING PROGRAM | Government and private sector inked a Memorandum of Agreement supporting the government's supplemental feeding program during the International Banana Conference held October 12 at SMX Convention Center - Davao City

Taking the lead in the MOA signing are: (L-R) Department of Agriculture Reg'l. Director Ricardo Oñate, Department of Trade & Industry Reg'l. Director Ma. Belinda Ambe, Phil Export Exec. Director Marizon Loreto, Phil Export Chairman Domingo Ang, and Banana Industry Development Council Chairman Ferdinand Marañon.

Incorporating the nutritious banana fruits in the feeding program re-affirms the banana growers and exporters' commitment and contribution to nourishment of 3-5 year old children in day care centers in the region.

It is also part of their corporate social responsibility that supports the RA 11037 or the "Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act" signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 20, 2018.

In support to the government’s efforts in peace building and development, the Department of Agriculture XI (DA-XI) thru its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program has recently turned over P1 million worth of agri infra in Brgy. Binondo, Baganga, Davao Oriental.

The members of the Nagkauyong Mandaya sang Tigbawan, Inc. (NMSTI) that were affected by typhoon Pablo in 2012 will benefit the package of support that includes a Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP), a warehouse and bags of upland rice and corn seeds.

“Residents here were coconut farmers but after the typhoon Pablo, we ventured into upland rice and corn production but the lack of production support hinders us to earn more,” said 73- year old Angelita Maca.

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