Ba Ria Vung Tau, Vietnam — With an investment of $60,000, Cargill, Inc. has established the first Cocoa Technology Transfer Center in Vietnam for some 25,000 growers in the country, the company reports.
Cargill anticipates the training facility will increase farmers’ yields by 30 to 50 percent in three years.
The center, which was presented to the Xa Bang Cocoa Co-op and the Department of Agriculture and Rural development of Ba Ria Vung Tau province, has a training room that can accommodate up to 200 farmers, a post-harvest processing unit and a 1.7-hectacre demonstration farm.
Job Leuning, Cargill business leader for Asia Pacific, says: “Sustainability means making cocoa farmers more successful for generations to come. The Cargill Cocoa Promise underlines Cargill’s commitment to lead efforts on sustainable cocoa and support farmers around the world.”