|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|
4. The grower can buy at research centres
· either selected seeds of good quality He sows the seeds in a nursery bed or in baskets. Later, he plants out the seedlings in the plantation.
· or young seedlings of good quality He plants them straight away in the plantation.
5. But some growers have no research centre nearby.
They can nevertheless have good cocoa plantations by:
· choosing their own seeds,
· sowing their seeds in a nursery bed,
· planting out their seedlings in the plantation.
Nursery bed Is the name for the place where the seeds are sown to make them germinate.