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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

Harvesting the pods

43. The tree makes its first flowers after two years. But in order not to tire the tree, you should cut off the first flowers.

From these you will therefore get no fruit.

There are two harvests each year: a small harvest at the beginning of the rainy season, a big harvest at the end of the rainy season.

44. Do not pick all the pods at the same time.

Pick only pods that are ripe, whether yellow or red. Leave on the tree any pods that are not ripe, that are still a little green.

Go through the plantation every fortnight to pick the ripe pods.

Never pick the pods by pulling them off: if you do, you will spoil your tree.

You should cut the stem of the pod with a machete.

You should cut the stem of the pod