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close this bookBetter Farming Series 22 - Cocoa (FAO - INADES, 1977, 32 p.)
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View the documentPreface
close this folderGrowing cocoa
View the documentCocoa is grown on trees
View the documentWhat varieties of cocoa can be grown in Africa?
View the documentWhy cocoa is grown
close this folderChoosing seeds and growing seedlings
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View the documentChoosing seeds
View the documentSowing seed sin nursery beds or in baskets
View the documentLifting seedlings from nursery beds
close this folderChoosing and preparing the plantation site
View the documentChoosing the site
View the documentClearing the site
View the documentPreparing to plant cocoa trees
View the documentPlanting cocoa trees in a plantation
close this folderTaking care of the plantation
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View the documentWeeding and soil cover
View the documentPruning cocoa trees
View the documentApplying fertilizers
View the documentProtection from insects and diseases
View the documentHarvesting the pods
View the documentProcessing cocoa beans
View the documentSuggested question paper

Weeding and soil cover

30. Many weeds grow among the cocoa tree rows.

You must not let weeds take nourishment away from the cocoa trees.
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