Caraga region shares 5% of the national abaca production.
Caraga has been supplying abaca as raw material for pulp production, specialty papermaking, cordage production, and handicrafts
to Cagayan de Oro City, Davao, and
the Bicol region.
Caraga has 3,439
abaca producers whose farm holdings average from 1.0 to 3.5 hectares. The region has 44 licensed abaca traders and 4 fibercraft
makers. The industry generates a total of 27,448 jobs. Direct dependents include abaca farmers, classifiers/sorters, manufacturers,
traders, exporters and hundreds of fiber craft processors.
The cluster aims
to make Caraga the production and processing center of quality abaca in the country. With this goal, the cluster will capitalize on our strategic location,
as we are adjacent to Region 10, home to the world’s biggest abaca pulping plant.
To realize this goal, the
cluster will work on the expansion of production areas from 5,000 hectares at present, to 25,000 by 2015 and increase yield
from 750 kilos per hectare to 2,000 kilos per hectare.
Aside from its expansion
targets, the cluster will also implement the following strategies:
· Publication of Production Protocol to control and eradicate the musa virus
· Lobby for the establishment of tissue culture laboratories and nurseries
in the provinces to support the expansion program of corporate and individual growers
· Promote “Abacahoyan” project with the local tree farmers
· Implement regularly the technology transfer program on Abaca production and disease
protection and eradication which is currently implemented by JC Agricultural Development, Inc., a subsidiary of AMS Corporation