|Better Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)|
|Taking care of the plantation|
30. Many weeds grow among the cocoa tree rows.
You must not let weeds take nourishment away from the cocoa
When the cocoa trees are young, you should weed 4 or 5 times every year.
When the cocoa trees are bigger, they cast a lot of shade and so few weeds will grow. It will be enough to weed once a year. When you are cultivating be very careful not to damage the trunk and roots of the cocoa trees.
31. Between the rows of cocoa trees, you should not leave the soil bare.
You should cover the soil either with cut weeds or with palm fronds, if available.
In this way the soil is protected against sun and erosion; it stays moist and cool.
When the weeds rot, they give the soil organic matter.
You can also sow a cover crop, for instance legumes. This will give the soil good protection against sun and erosion.
You can also sow a cover crop