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.
Manufacturers and exporters of cocoa will meet in Tegucigalpa on October 1 to discuss issues of interest to the sector, including new techniques to improve the genetic quality of the grain.
Providing updated knowledge in the field of genetics, strategies for germplasm conservation and new mechanisms to enhance the organoleptic analysis of mixtures of clones grown in different regions around the country are part of the themes to be addressed at the Seventh National Forum of Cocoa organized by the Cocoa Producers Association of Honduras (Aprocacaho).
Through a marketing agreement among producers in Honduras, cocoa will be exported jointly to the Swiss Company, Chocolats Halba.
The Association of Honduran Cocoa Producers (APROCACAHO) will centralize organic cocoa exports from the agricultural cooperative Omoa San Fernando Limited and the Association of Choloma River Producers (APACH) with the signing of the marketing agreement.
With world prices at their highest in a decade, Honduras is reaping the rewards of a cocoa boom, said Aníbal Anaya, president of the nation's cocoa producers' association.
Ayala said that though producers have processed only about 100 metric tons this year, Honduras has so far earned at least US$1.5 million in exports.
With world market prices ranging from US$2,700 to $2,800 a metric ton, Ayala said that Honduras will earn more from cocoa exports this year than it did in 2007, despite lower production.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.