Mayor Duterte to farmers: “hit a jackpot, plant cacao now”, he’s choco-allergic though

feb 10, 2014
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has advised farmers to seize on the opportunity promised by cacao plant, telling them they might “hit a jackpot” as there is a current “hiatus” or supply shortage of it now due to the uncontained plant disease that brought destruction to the huge cacao plantations in South America.
In his weekly “Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa” TV program Sunday, the mayor aired his directive to his city agriculturist and workers to go to the rural areas and lecture farmers on how to plant cacao.
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“It can easily be planted, intercropped under coconut trees or just under the forest. I’ll make connections for the farmers with my businessmen friends,” he said.

In his discussion on cacao, the mayor bared a bit of revelation of one of his diseases at his old age now. He is allergic to cacao’s sweet by-product – chocolate.
“Allergic ko sa chocolate, kung makakaon ko mangluspad ko, magsuka ko after 5 minutes (I go pale and vomit),” he said, adding he shared the same disease with a lady friend who would suffer a migraine and even rolled on the floor when a chocolate-induced allergy hit her. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)
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