"THE BIG RED ISLAND"
Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean, is recognized as the center of cultivation of the best vanilla.
With around 1,200 tons, its annual production represents 70 to 80% of world production.
The northeast region of Madagascar is thus called S.A.V.A. for Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar and Andapa, the four main towns of the production districts. It brings together the ideal conditions for growing vanilla: a humid tropical climate with average temperatures between 20°C and 30°C.
The rains are abundant from December to March, light in September and October, average the rest of the year.
THE VANILLA SECTOR
Through the STABEX program, the GES (Group of SAVA Companies) and the GNEV (Group of Vanilla Exporters) have set up a technical framework for quality for the benefit of professionals grouped around a hundred village associations.
Each year, Malagasy vanilla exporters must renew their export approval by satisfying the regulations in force in Madagascar.
Not everyone can claim to be able to export Vanilla ...
This "quality approach" initiated by the Malagasy Government and supported by the European Union highlights the rigor of the work of growing and preparing Malagasy Vanilla.
It is now adopted by many operators: growers, refiners and exporters.
The village of Betavilona in Madagascar - GPS coordinates 14.77696 - 49.93605
Liana of Vanilla and Transport of Green Vanilla by canoe.
OUR PLANTATIONS IN BETAVILONA
The village of Betavilona is isolated in the heart of the SAVA in the Malagasy bush at about 300 meters above sea level.
It is a preserved environment in the middle of forests primaries with luxurious endemic flora specific to Madagascar.
Our vanilla plantations are located in a wooded mountain area, with unique intense red-colored soil, out of reach of urban, industrial and agricultural pollution.
The village is not served by any roads. Only the Ankavana River allows us to travel in a long day by motorized canoe between our plantations and the city of Antalaha seat of our refining and storage station of Manambato bordering the Indian Ocean.
Our basic profession as a grower comes from traditional know-how bequeathed by previous generations. It has evolved little. Agricultural work in the plantations is still entirely manual.