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    COCOA PRODUCTION IN COLOMBIA

    Santander is the largest established growing area in Colombia with 53,929 hectares of cocoa in 2012, approximately 37% of the national production. The departments of Huila, Tolima, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Arauca and Antioquia make up approximately 46% of national production. They have the highest expectations in terms of expanded cocoa cultivation thanks to their soil and climate.

    At the moment, Colombia has 147,000 hectares planted with common, hybrid, and cloned cocoa. The 2012-2021 National Cocoa Development Plan will address the need to modernize 130,000 hectares and transition all crops to clones in order to guarantee world-class cocoa and increase current production.

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PRODUCTION BY PROVINCE

Cocoa has traditionally been produced by approximately 25,000 rural families. Ninety percent (90%) is grown by small farms. Santander is the largest cocoa-producing department, contributing approximately 38% of Colombia's production.

Deparment 2009 2010 2011 2012
Santander 47,646 48,044 51,429 53,929
Nariño 9,855 10,458 10,458 12,440
Huila 12,305 11,045 11,200 12,180
Nor. Santander 9,541 9,978 10,690 11,390
Antioquia 7,608 8,045 8,290 10,870
Tolima 9,869 10,006 10,140 10,215
Arauca 8,064 8,304 8,460 8,510
Others 19,141 22,108 22,991 24,067
Total 124,029 127,988 134,140 143,601