Support for the Cocoa Sector

Producers in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, will have a processing plant, technical assistance and a global distribution network.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The funds from the Italian-Latin American International Organization (IILA) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) are part of the project entitled "Revitalization of the quality cocoa chain in Central America and the Caribbean." says that "... The IILA project is concentrated in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, with a total budget of 1.2 million euros ($1,390,232), of which 200,000 euros ($231,705) are earmarked for the installation of a chocolate processing plant near the National Center for Agricultural and Forestry Technology in El Salvador."

See "Central America: $140 million in Industrial Projects"

Regarding the production plant, Naomi Constantini, IILA's project coordinator, said that "... The equipment is already being produced in Italy and will have the capacity to produce 30 kg of chocolate per hour. This plant will also operate for the rest of the chocolatiers in the region and will be 'even more modern than many artisanal plants in Italy."

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