Saturday, 26 August 2023 05:42

56,000 quintals of cocoa produced by El Salvador in the last 4 years

Written by Miguel Crespín

3,200 hectares of land have been used to produce 56,000 quintals of cocoa in the last 4 years in El Salvador. Of all this production some 1,500 quintals of cocoa were exported to countries such as France, Italy, Belgium and the United States.

Salvadoran chocolate has also won more than 100 international awards and the International Cocoa Organization recognizes the salvadoran fruit as a fine aroma bean with export quality and outstanding characteristics, all these are part of the progress of the cocoa sector in El Salvador, according to the accountability of Alianza Cacao El Salvador.

"For the Government, cocoa cultivation stands out for its ancestral roots and for its contribution to environmental conservation. CENTA is working to rescue native species, since they represent a strong potential for the international market. To date, we have gone from 400 to more than 3,000 producing families, reaching a production of 1,000 metric tons of cocoa in the last year", said the head of MAG.

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However, to continue growing in the field of exports, the El Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG)  through the Centro Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria y Forestal (CENTA) is working on a program led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which promotes the production of the bean in the country, transcending borders with a fine bean of high quality aroma.

The interim executive director of CENTA, Odette Varela, explained that the MAG's agency provides all the necessary technical assistance to producers on issues of productivity, development, genetics and recovery of criollo cocoa, from seed to processing in the chocolate factory.

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"In the factory we receive companies that want to process their cocoa. Also from the Escuela Nacional de Agricultura (ENA) is restoring the curriculum of agronomist technician, where they now carry a subject of cocoa production”, said the director of CENTA.


Translated by: A.M