San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
The Asociacion de Productores Agricultores de Villa Altagracia (APAVA) was founded in 1987.
APAVA was originally comprised of coffee farmers and other agricultural producers. However, the natural growth of quality cacao trees on its fertile land could not be ignored. Over time the group began shifting their focus to cacao given the quality premium and increased export demand. As of 2010 the association has shifted completely to cultivation of cacao.
Lead by president Calletano Frias Florentino, today APAVA works closely with 420 farmers throughout 10 regional communities, producing purely organic cacao. Dominican exporter Biocafcao has helped provide training on handling and fermentation methods to increase yield and sharpen quality control. APAVA ferments in traditional wooden boxes for 5-6 days, and sun dries on covered wooden trays.
VARIETY / TYPE:
Sun dried on wood trays
March – July
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APAVA has identified the need to purchase cacao trees from local nurseries to increase yield. President Calletano believes planting additional trees can increase yield threefold. Funds from our program will help invest in new cacao trees for APAVA.