Fresh fruits, processed fruits, concentrates and fruit juices, coffee and cocoa are the main products with potential for export to China.
From a statement issued by Procomer of Costa Rica:
San José, November 18, 2016. Fresh fruits, processed fruits, concentrates and fruit juices, as well as coffee and cocoa are the main Costa Rican products that have potential for export to the Republic of Korea; a developed country with sophisticated and demanding consumers, in terms of innovation and quality.
In order to take advantage of the growing global demand for cocoa and fine chocolates, in the last three years the number of hectares dedicated to the cultivation of cocoa in the country went from 3169 to 4000.
Supporting efforts to obtain a high-quality grain, local producers are increasing acreage and diversifying final products, in order to export cocoa not only in its whole grain or chopped format, but also products such as chocolate, cocoa butter, liqueurs and other things.
The chocolate maker Ritter Sport will start harvesting cocoa in the country in 2017 at its own plantations.
The increase in the international price of cocoa is one of the main problems facing manufacturers, some of whom have chosen to obtain their raw material from their own plantations in order to reduce costs.
African palm, coffee, pineapple, bamboo, cocoa and forestry are the categories that the Nicaraguan government is promoting as investment opportunities in the Caribbean coast.
Noting that deforested areas are those that could house African palm plantations, Alvaro Baltodano, presidential delegate for investment and exports, noted that African palm is now being planted in 10 thousand acres of the Nicaraguan Caribbean, as part of a project that aims to plant 20 thousand acres.
The national plan for restoration and reforestation will allocate $23.5 million to restoration activities in mangroves and wetlands, zones for water recharging and renewal of coffee and cocoa plantations.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources:
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.
The International Congress on Sustainable Fine Cocoa Production will take place in Nicaragua on 9th and 10th of March 2016.
The state run Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) is inviting researchers, producers, exporters, technicians and traders of cocoa, to the International Congress on Sustainable Fine Cocoa Production, to be held on the 9th and 10th of March in Nicaragua.