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IMPROVING CACAO FARMING PRACTICES WITHIN ASIA PACIFIC

For a number of years, Rautini has been delivering training, improved farming systems, environmental mitigations for farms, biosecurity, and overcoming market access issues for premium agricultural produce.

About us

NARRA OCEAnIC
PROJECT

Rautini Ltd and Philippines based company Seed Core, have formed a joint venture to manage farms on the island of Mindanao. Key staff and resources from both entities are already delivering development programmes to the cacao sector in Eastern Samar.


This venture will rehabilitate coconut and cacao farms on a commercial basis and use these as demonstration farms to promote the good farming practices required to produce premium added value products. Professional supply chain management and marketing will demonstrate to farmers and processors how increased commercial returns can be achieved through pursuing premium outputs.


It is hoped to expand the model to other farms and regions to build a substantial premium cacao supply base within the region.

PILOT AND ASSESSMENT GROWING PROCESSING

LOCATION

The farm is a 60 hectare site located in Marayag, Davao Oriental region. It is currently planted with 40,000 4-5 year old cacao trees.


GROUNDS

This site is an ideal candidate to show case organic and climate smart farming practices. The topography ranges from steep slopes to undulating flatter areas.


FARMERS

Indigenous farmers with a 25 year land right currently farm using a mixed cropping model with cacao planted amongst coconut and fruit trees.


A BETTER FUTURE

With the assistance of Narra Oceanic, farmer income from cacao is expected to increase by 80% after 3 years. This coming from better farming practices, primary processing, certification and market access arrangements

Prior to the establishment of the pilot programme, the cacao growing operation had been neglected and the crop left open to pests and diseases with no maintenance undertaken. In order to rehabilitate the farm, the following steps were required:

Clearing the dense undergrowth

Pruning of the cacao trees

Applying organic pest management methods including: form pruning that increases air flow to reduce pod rots and sleeving pods to protect against pod borer

Side-grafting to revigorated the cacao farm genetics

Applying organic fertiliser

Gaining environmental and organic certification

Part of the added value approach will be to conduct primary processing on site and which will produce high quality fermented dry beans.


This will involve the renovation or building of:


• Fermentary and solar dryers

• Associated infrastructure

TARGET MARKETS

Craft chocolate
industry

Buyers wanting premium fermented bean

to further process or on-sell

PROJECT PARTNERS

Seed Core is one of the largest cacao buyers in the Philippines, bringing substantial marketing and farm development knowledge to the partnership.


Their affiliated specialist cacao products manufacturer Tiger Craft provides massive expertise in the production methods that get the best results from Philippine grown cacao.

Rautini has worked in the cacao industry in the Asia Pacific region delivering training, improved farming systems, environmental mitigations for farms, biosecurity, and overcoming market access issues for premium agricultural produce for a number of years.

Looking ahead, Rautini is also developing post-Covid agritourism for cacao farms in Samoa.

OTHER PARTNERS