Cacao Fiji records new cocoa sales
Fiji Cocoa sales to increase in 2015 with work on Matasawalevu Cocoa Project by Cacao Fiji
Cacao Fiji Ltd is pleased to announce its first sale of cocoa beans after 4 months of rehabiliatation. The company recently started work on rehabbing the Matasawalevu cocoa farm that had been abandoned for over a decade. The beans sold were fermented and sun dried suited to making chocolates. A beneficiary of the production was local artisan chocolatier, Adi Chocolate who have expressed interest to purchase more beans.
Cacao Fiji Ltd strives to produce the highest quality of beans to suit the needs of artisan chocolate companies. “Uniformity and consistency is critical as the chocolate needs to have a consistent taste”, says Arif I, founder and Director of the Cacao Fiji Ltd. We are currently focusing on rehabilitating the farm that has several challenges associated with aging cocoa trees. We intend this to be a model farm for Fiji cocoa farmers and have started a nursery to eventually replace the older trees. This is an important part of our sustainability program and we hope to reach out to other cocoa farmers soon to create an ongoing market.
There is market demand for single source origin beans but we need to position accordingly. The current challenges faced by farmers in Fiji are low yielding trees, black pod disease, canker, pests and lack of consistent processing methods. The focus should be to have a uniform cocoa intensification program to bring about a uniform revitalization. We are happy to work with the Ministry of Agriculture as partner to achieve this goal.
Cacao Fiji Ltd was founded in 2014 and is a producer and trader of cocoa beans and currently working on the revitalization of Matasawalevu Cocoa Project. The company aspires to lead revival in the Fiji cocoa industry.
Arif I ,Founder/Director
Cacao Fiji Ltd