Why cocoa is grown
3. People grow cocoa trees in order to sell the cocoa beans that
are in the pods.
The kernel of the cocoa beans is used to make cocoa and
In the countries of Europe and North America people eat a lot of
cocoa and chocolate.
But the cocoa tree does not grow in their countries; they buy
cocoa from Africa.
The countries of Africa earn a lot of money by selling their
With this money, they can build schools and dispensaries, they
can build roads and modernize the country. For Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and
Cameroon, cocoa is an important export crop.
But to earn more money, these countries must sell good quality
Sometimes they sell cocoa of poor marketing quality, badly
harvested and badly fermented and dried.
Cocoa Is better and fetches a higher price when 11 has been
properly harvested, fermented and dried. In order to sell a lot of cocoa beans
of good quality, the grower must:
· Choose the seeds and grow the
· Choose a good site for his
plantation and prepare It well.
· Look after his plantation
· Harvest the pods and prepare