Sweetening the deal: Entrepreneurs cultivate Vietnam land for chocolate cultivation
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/24/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
When it comes to Vietnam and agriculture, one usually thinks of expansive rice paddies and the odd bit of tropical fruit. What's not widely known is that Vietnam is being seen as an ideal place to cultivate cacao, which is used in the creation of the popular confection chocolate. The nation's warm, balmy climate along with its low public consumption for the delicious brown candy is being seen as ideal by entrepreneurs.
Marou is a gourmet form of chocolate grown in Vietnam that is sold in high-end shops all over the world.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The idea has been around awhile. Ten years ago, cacao seeds were planted through by non-profit organizations, Cacao was a relatively small crop, covering less than 2,000 hectares. There are now more than 54,000 acres of cacao in Vietnam. That figure is still relatively small compared to the country's 10.3 million acres that is dedicated to the production of rice.
"Cocoa produces roughly three years after planting and, in Vietnam, is promoted as a complement to existing crops," a managing director at ACDI-VOCA says. The project has been a win-win for the cocoa industry and Vietnamese farmers.
"Once the cocoa begins producing, the average farmer has harvested more than half a ton of cocoa, which provides approximately $1,000 in additional income for the family," he says.
There are plans to increase Vietnam's current cacao yield by 50 percent next year.
French colonists first planted cacao seeds in Vietnam in the 1800s. Cacao was outpaced by coffee, cashews, pepper and other, more profitable crops.
As recently as the 1980s, the Soviet Union attempted to grow cacao trees in Vietnam. Once the Berlin Wall fell, however, most of the Russian entrepreneurs moved away and trees were chopped down.
The original French connection to cacao in Vietnam has come full circle with Marou. Partners pay higher than fair trade prices to farmers for their beans, and perhaps more importantly, have won over Belgian master chocolatier.
Marou chocolate bars also have a dedicated following among connoisseurs of fine foods. They are sold in such retail outlets as Whole Foods and high-end British department stores like Harvey Nichols.
It must be noted that China doesn't have a history of chocolate consumption either - but chocolate accounts for 2 percent of China's food purchases. And it is rising. That's making it tough for cacao farmers all over the world to keep up with global demand.
If Vietnam's fledgling industry can get off the ground, it might be able to help make up the difference.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
The military has started an exercise to practice the evacuation of American civilians from Korea. The exercise, which is sure to be seen as ... continue reading
Men in India who take child brides can now be prosecuted for rape. The Supreme Court in India has ruled that girls below the age of 18 are ... continue reading
PRAY FOR PEACE! U.S. and North Korea are closer to war than ever as military assets gather in the region Watch
PRAY FOR PEACE! The USA and North Korea are closer to war than ever as U.S. military assets are gathering in the region. President Trump is ... continue reading
Is today the last day of calm before the storm? War with North Korea could begin THIS WEEK as North prepares to test H-bomb and missile Watch
October 11 in North Korea is the anniversary of the founding of the North Korea's ruling party. Holidays such as these are used as ... continue reading
What happened to flight MH370? Hypothesis abound, but evidence is scant. We won't get answers soon either, at least not from the Australian ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Evil George Soros transfers $18 billion to support abortion, destroy ...
- Pope continues work toward reconciliation with Methodists
- St. Hilarion: Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 21, 2017
- Will Europe return to its Christian roots?
- Day 1 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Day 2 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth HD Video
- Daily Readings for Saturday, October 21, 2017
- Evil money - George Soros pays to start a revolution in America HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, October 23rd, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way