|Better Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)|
|Cocoa is grown on trees|
|What varieties of cocoa can be grown in Africa?|
|Why cocoa is grown|
|Choosing seeds and growing seedlings|
|Sowing seed sin nursery beds or in baskets|
|Lifting seedlings from nursery beds|
|Choosing and preparing the plantation site|
|Choosing the site|
|Clearing the site|
|Preparing to plant cocoa trees|
|Planting cocoa trees in a plantation|
|Taking care of the plantation|
|Weeding and soil cover|
|Pruning cocoa trees|
|Protection from insects and diseases|
|Harvesting the pods|
|Processing cocoa beans|
|Suggested question paper|
The cocoa tree bears fruit on its trunk and branches. They are called pods.
The pods contain seeds which are called cocoa beans. The beans are made up of a seed coat, a kernel and a germ.
1. Cocoa needs a high temperature, plenty of water, and air that
is always moist.
Therefore, cocoa is grown in the hot and humid regions of Africa (mainly in forest regions), Central and South America, Asia and Oceania.
Cocoa bean cut in two