Some 12,830 tons of cocoa beans and another 3,008 tons of processed cocoa were registered in the first cacao stock census, carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) from May 27 to 31 of this year. This investigation had the purposes of knowing the available volume of cocoa grain and finished products like lard, cocoa cake, cocoa liquor, and others, and obtaining an updated directory of processing plants, establishments, cooperatives and collection centers, where cocoa grain is stored nationwide. To this end, specialists and technicians of the Department of Agrarian Statistics (DEA) of the Directorate General of Monitoring and Evaluation (DGESEP) of the Ministry, in coordination with their counterparts of the Agricultural Statistics Offices of the Regional Directorates of Agriculture (DRA), visited 16 regions to collect information on cocoa stock.
The authorized personnel carried out the survey in agroindustrial establishments, cooperatives and collection centers for cocoa beans located in Tumbes, Pasco, Piura, Huánuco, Lambayeque, Loreto, Amazonas, Ucayali, Cajamarca, Ica, Puno, La Libertad, San Martín, Ayacucho, Junín and Cusco. The specialists and technicians found a total of 12,830 tons of cocoa beans, 72% located in establishments of companies engaged in processing and export, both in grain and processed; 20% in cooperatives that have a warehouse; 7% in the collection centers; and only 1% in the warehouses of associated producers.
The general director of the DGESEP, Alfredo León, indicated that of the total of cocoa beans, 63% is concentrated in the establishments located in the Ica region, 14% in San Martín, 5% in Cusco, 4% in Piura, 3% in Cajamarca and 7% in other departments.
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