Let’s talk choco

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – Cacao growing, anyone? Attend the Chocolate Shop Talk during the Malagos Farm Fair at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 8.

The Chocolate Shop Talk, a media forum with cacao farmers and NGOs, is envisioned to be a “lighthearted talk with the media about the prospects of Cacao-growing in Mindanao” while the public listens to the conversations. The Chocolate Shop Talk will be hosted by MindaNews.

The speakers will be given at least 10 minutes to discuss their field of expertise, after which the media and the general public will be given a time for open forum.

Veterinarian Dr. Roberto P. Puentespina Jr., organizer of the two-day Malagos Farm Fair which runs from August 7 to 8, said the speakers include City Agriculturist Leo Avila, Peter Cruz, Agriculturist & Senior Technician, of Mars Chocolate Development Center, Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City; Johnny Silva, a farmer of Cacao-Coconut-Banana in Barangay Cadalian, Baguio District, Davao City; a representative from ACDI VOCA (Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance)  who will discuss  Cocopal, a USAID initiative; and Rep. Valentina Plaza of Agusan del Sur. (MindaNews)