Chocolate Production in Venezuela

The cocoa production in Venezuela


(along the Caribbean Coast and


Lake Maracaibo) has gone through a


recent revival; a few years ago


plantations had been abandoned due


to a series of droughts and poor


harvests. Yet the decline of the


cocoa industry can be tracked much


further back than that. Before


the petroleum discovery in


Venezuela in the thirties and


forties, cocoa was Venezuelas


number one export. The current


government of Venezuela is fully


aware that cocoa can once again


become a main export and has


invested $10 million dollars in


production and training.


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Traveling through some of the old


cocoa communities, you sense a


pride and purpose that has long


been missing. As one old timer


said "The world is talking about


us again. Ive waited a lifetime


for that to happen. Sometimes I


felt like throwing in the towel,


but now I am glad I didnt."


Pink cocoa pods ripen in the shade


of the trees, in early November


there will be another harvest, the


pods contain a white, sticky pulp


that surrounds the cocoa beans,


and these beans are what is


processed into chocolate.


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Fermentation of the seeds takes


six days in wooden boxes, then


they are sun dried (weather


permitting) in the open air. The


next procedure is to clean, sort,


weigh and put them in sacks for


export. The last three years has


seen the cacao production double


which many believe is because of


the change to organic farming.


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The Venezuelan government has put


10 million dollars into training


and research in the belief that


cacao can once again be one of the


leading exports of Venezuela.


Addition funding has been provided


by the European Union through


Tierra Viva, a non-government


organization. The higher quality


beans being produced in Venezuela


today are being sought by America,


France and Italy who are


purchasing it for the production


of single bean malt liquor.


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