Cocoa production in Peru is expected to grow between 15 and 16 percent in 2012, according the country’s Minister of Agriculture.
Production reached 56.5 tons in 2011, and total exports reached $111 million.
According to Andina, cocoa production occupied an area of 80 thousand hectares and directly benefited over 30 thousand families, and 150 thousand indirectly.
The ministry said its main objective for 2012 was to increase sales domestically.
Peru is the second largest producer of organic cocoa, reported Gestión.
Close to 90 percent of cocoa production is exported, prompting the Ministry of Agriculture to declare October 1 ‘Cocoa and Chocolate Day’ in the country, in an effort to raise domestic awareness and consumption.
The figures were provided during the 9th National Cocoa Meeting, organized by the Peruvian Association of Cocoa Producers, and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, and the General Directorate of Agricultural Competitiveness.