Last modified: 2021-03-13 by rob raeside
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GREPALMA was established in 2008 by palm growers.
Oil palm cultivation was initiated in Guatemala in 1965, as a potential substitute to coffee. In the 1980s, the cotton crisis and the need to maintain a national production of plant oil prompted the establishment of plantations of oil palms in La Gomera, Escuintla and San Marcos. In the late 1990S, palms were planted in Izabal and Petén on plots originally dedicated to cattle-breeding. Oil palms are now cultivated in three main areas:
- South: San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez and Escuintla:
- North-east: Izabal and Alta Verapaz, especially in the valleys of Motagua and Polochic;
- North; Petén south, Alta Verapaz north and Quiché north-east.
The yield of crude palm oil in Guatemala is 6.2 ton per hectare, much higher than the world's average, 3.5 ton per hectare.
The flag of GREPALMA is white with the association's emblem.
Ivan Sache, 12 February 2021