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.

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.

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.

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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