The country plans to increase cocoa cultivation to 720,000 hectares
The National Government presented the “Plan for the Competitive Improvement of Cocoa and Derivatives”.
The National Secretary of Planning and Development, Juan Carlos Proaño, mentioned that thanks to this plan an improvement in productivity and in the export of the fruit and its derivatives is expected.
It is expected to benefit more than 120,000 families involved with this activity. Proaño added that it is proposed to change the productive matrix to reach “720,000 hectares (ha) planted, sell 500,000 tons of the product on the stock exchange and export 20% of finished and semi-finished products, to double exports in seven years”.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Byron Flores, highlighted the quality of the Ecuadorian cacao and the imperative need to potentiate the country’s chocolate industry. (I)