A cooperative of organic cocoa producers and exporters from southern Sao Tome and Principe sold 230 tons of dry cocoa to Germany in 2014, said a cooperative official.
Adalberto Luis, responsible for the Cecaq 11 cooperative’s exports, which groups 958 farmers in the south of Sao Tome and Principe, said that cocoa was purchased by Gepa (http://www.gepa.de/en/welcome.html ), considered to be the best fair trade buyer in Europe.
“It was a good year for Cecaq because we had an increase of production of 25 percent. We have gone from 189 to 230 tons of cocoa, and in monetary terms we are talking about a sale of about 750,000 euros,” said Adalberto Luis.
With about 1,500 acres of land, the organic cocoa farmers in the southern part of the island of São Tomé hope to reach production of 300 tons of cocoa in the next 12 months.
Founded in 1911, Cecaq 11 brings together 958 small cocoa producers of cocoa that sell their product to Germany, England and Italy. (macauhub/ST)