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Jan 13, 2021

San Jose Cacao Farmer Says Thirty-Five Cents for their Beans is Too Low!

Windel Tzub

Cacao farmers in San Jose Village in Toledo are up in arms because they say that the cacao associations are pushing them to undersell their beans.  According to the Tzub family, they have thousands of pounds of cacao beans on their hands because they can’t afford to sell for thirty-five cents per pound. Reports are that at least one family has lost over five thousand pounds of beans in San Jose and many others say they also stand to lose.  Windel Tzub says that they can’t afford to sell their organic beans at such a low price when they can get better prices across the border, but they are unable to trade.

 

Voice of: Windel Tzub, Cacao Farmer, San Jose Village

“We are here this morning watching our cacao beans abandoned by the TCGA. On the ninth of January they came to buy our cacao beans but they say that they will only pay thirty-five cents a pound when they pay others eighty-five cents a pound. They claim that they want organic cacao – but does organic cacao cost thirty five cents a pound? No. It does not. Now here we are as the Tzub family watching our cacao beans because we couldn’t sell it anywhere unless the borders were open. We could go to Guate, but now we have to keep it and wait. We do not agree with the TCGA to pay thirty-five cents a pound for the cacao because things are getting expensive at the shop. There are so many bags of cacao here in San Jose that need to be sold.”


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