Nicaragua: Cacao Growers Seek Certification

Growers from the municipality of El Castillo, Río San Juan, are in the process of certifying their plantations.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

For the last 6 years, they have only applied natural fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides.

Juan Flores, from the Project for Sustainable Management informed Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa: "... while the process might look easy, it usually takes three years, the minimum application time for organic products in plantations. However, for this growers ... the process could take just a few months, as they have been using organic products for several years now".

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Central American producers are invited to attend the Regional Cocoa Forum on August 17 and 18 in the Expocentre in San Pedro Sula.

The Cocoa Producers Association of Honduras (APROCACAHO) invites producers in Central America to exchange experiences regarding climate change, markets and obtaining good cocoa prices, reported Latribuna.hn.

Cocoa Cultivation Given New Impetus in Costa Rica

October 2015

Several government institutions have allocated resources to the recovery of the sector, which has a cultivated area of ​​4,750 hectares, and in 2014 exported $10 million.

The programs aim to increase the volume of the harvest of a product that is internationally distinguished for its high quality, competing with other producing countries based on quality and organic origin, taking advantage of the situation of growth in demand for chocolate, mostly in Europe.

Panamanian Cocoa Looking for New Markets

November 2012

New destinations like the Czech Republic, Japan and Slovakia could open up to Panamanian organic cocoa if the ongoing negotiations bear fruit.

Producers are waiting for the results of samples sent to these destinations, said Elma Downs, Director of Marketing for Cooperative of Multiple Services for Cacao from Bocas del Torro (COCABO RL).

German Chocolate Maker to buy Nicaraguan Cocoa

April 2009

The Ritter Sport Company will purchase 100% of the organic cocoa production from the South Atlantic Zone.

The bases of the agreement that Dr. Gerardo Escudero, representative of the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation, IICA, is working on also include the purchase of 100% of the production, support for quality improvement processes and the costs of certification.

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