Farmers in this southeastern town of Isabela are urged to plant cacao as an alternative to corn and palay crops.
Virgoneza barangay captain Solomon Mayor said the planting of cacao could be another income-generating activity of farmers other than the primary products of rice and corn.
He said cacao is the main ingredient in chocolates and also used in many other products.
Mayor has observed the good price of cacao in the market that is why he himself has propagated cacao seedlings, hoping that these will be planted in the town by interested residents.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is helping in the marketing of cacao seeds, which it deemed essential ingredients in major processed foods in the country.
Mayor noted that a kilo of cacao seeds is sold at P100, that is why he and his family are engaged in cacao production in San Agustin.