Due to the increasing cost of production, cocoa farmers are continuously asking for price increases. In response to their call, the CCIB has given increases of 5% in crop year 2012/2013 and 6% in crop year 2013/2014, thereby benefitting approximately 1,700 farmers.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Food Production is pleased to inform the general public of the continued success at the Cocoa of Excellence (COE), International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France.Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry’s La Reunion Estate had two samples among the top 50 high quality samples and secured another accolade for our fine or flavour Trinitario cocoa beans,winning one of the 15 International Cocoa Awards for the Central American and Caribbean Region.
Congratulations are also extended to Mr. Harryman Chattergoon of the Tabaquite Cocoa Fermentary, Tabaquite. Two samples sent from the Tabaquite Cocoa Fermentary also secured places in the top 50 high quality samples, representing the best flavour, quality and genetic origin.
The Cocoa and Coffee Industry Board of Trinidad and Tobago was established by the Cocoa and Coffee Act 1961 Chapter 64:20 and is mandated to “secure the most favourable arrangements for the purchase, sale, handling, grading, exportation and marketing of cocoa and coffee for the benefit of the cocoa and coffee industry”. The Ministry of Food Production commends the CCIB for their efforts and will continue to work together towards creating a sustainable and food secure nation.
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