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Cargill opens cocoa training centre in Vietnam


April 29, 2014
By Bakers Journal

April 29, 2014, Vietnam – Cargill has opened the first Cocoa Technology
Transfer Center in Ba Ria Vung Tau, Vietnam. The centre will serve as a cocoa training campus for some 20,000 area farms.

April 29, 2014, Vietnam – Cargill has opened the first Cocoa Technology
Transfer Center in Ba Ria Vung Tau, Vietnam. The centre will serve as a cocoa training campus for some 20,000 area farms.

The centre was presented to the Xa Bang Cocoa Co-op
and the Department of Agriculture and Rural development of Ba Ria Vung
Tau province.

Constructed at a cost of US$60,000, it is the first
centre to serve as a cocoa training campus for around 2,000 farmers in
Ba Ria Vung Tau, Dong Nai and Binh Thuan provinces, said the company in a news release.

The centre has one training room with capacity for up to 200 people,
an office, a cocoa post-harvest processing unit and a 1.7-hectare
demonstration cocoa farm. Together with other technical
training programs, it will help farmers improve yields by 30 per cent to 50
per cent in three years.

Cocoa is a new crop in Vietnam currently grown by about 25,000
farmers in the central highlands, Mekong delta and southeast provinces. Many farmers still lack the knowledge, skills and
expertise to achieve higher yields.

Cargill hopes that this new centre will equip farmers to thrive by
providing the right skills and expertise. This contribution is part of the company's commitment to support long-term sustainable cocoa production. The company is working with farmers to help meet the growing global demand
for sustainable cocoa beans by focusing on three areas: training
farmers, supporting farming communities and investing in the long-term
sustainable production of cocoa.

Cargill started its cocoa business in Vietnam in 2004, with the aim
of establishing a supply chain of sustainable and good quality fermented
cocoa beans. In Vietnam, Cargill has three buying stations in Vietnam
in Daklak, Ben Tre and Binh Phuoc provinces. The beans are meant to
supply Cargill’s cocoa processing plants in Europe and its upcoming
processing facility in Indonesia.