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Side Grafting Update

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

In early February 2014, Ibrahim side grafted 300 of his old cocoa trees and two months later the side grafted budwood is growing extremely well.

The main tree / old trunk of the newly side grafted trees will be cut away in about 7 months time giving the new side grafted shoot all the nutrients. In the meantime, Ibrahim can still harvest fruit from the main tree. The new shoot will begin to fruit in much the same timeframe as the new cocoa tree seedlings. 

Ibrahim with Cocoa Carer Darwis inspecting the new sidegrafted cocoa trees.  

 L: Ibrahim proud of his sidegrafting. R: The new shoot has attached to the old trunk extremely well.

 

 

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New Trees Planted

Posted on March 01, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Ibrahim has received and planted 175 new superior quality top grafted cocoa tree seedlings with the help and guidance from Cocoa Care Aris. 

Over the years Ibrahim, like many of his fellow farmers, have lost trees mainly due to ageing trees, pests & diseases or simply the lack of knowledge about how to properly care for them. Replacing dead trees with high quality cocoa tree seedlings will significantly improve farm productivity and family income. Ibrahim, now armed with the right knowledge to care for all his trees, is certainly on the right path to manage a sustainable cocoa farm and better provide for his family. 

 Ibrahim with Cocoa Carer Aris planing the first of 175 cocoa trees.

 Cocoa Carer Aris teaching Ibrahim how to sufficiently fertilize the new cocoa tree seedlings.

 Providing the new seedlings with appropriate shade.

Ibrahim and Aris give the thumbs up to the new trees.

Ibrahim's new cocoa trees will begin to fruit in about 18 months and from 2016 onwards your trees should be producing up to 2kg of cocoa each year or enough to make about 2.3 kg of 70% dark chocolate, about three to four times the current average production of a “typical” cocoa tree in the world today.

We will continue to monitor the progress of your trees so please check back soon. 

 

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Side Grafting Commences

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Cocoa Carer Darwis has been working hard in Ibrahim's farm having side grafted around 300 trees. Cocoa trees need rehabilitation through side grafting when they are too old to produce cocoa, or are producing very little cocoa. While these trees are too old too produce much cocoa, the root system is in good condition making the tree perfect for side grafting.

Top quality, high producing budwood is used for all Cocoa Care's tree rehabilitation programs and the grafting is performed by a highly experienced Cocoa Carer. 

  Cocoa Carer Darwis inspecting the newly side grafted budwood with Ibrahim. 

Newly side grafted cocoa tree budwood 

In around 9 months time the old main tree will be cut away to give the side grafted shoots all the nutrients allowing the new shoot to fruit in about the same time as a new cocoa tree seedling.  

 

 

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Syamsiana Receives Her Tools

Posted on January 02, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

On December 19, 2013 Cocoa Carer Zainuddin presented Syamsiana with her tool pack.

While Ibrahim's tool pack provides tools required for heavier work on the farm, Syamsiana pack is designed for work such as pruning, harvesting and farm sanitation including personal protective equipment as well as to help her carry enough water and food with her while working in the farm.

Previously, Hartini simply went without the tools necessary to perform her work making do with whatever she could find in the home and carrying very little (if any) food & water into the farm for her work day. Your harvest pack will significantly help Syamsiana to perform her duties in the cocoa farm effectively, efficiently and safely and also allow her to spend more time at home with her young family. 

 

 

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Ibrahim Receives His Tool Pack

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

On December 6th, following his training in Tarengge, a humbled yet happy Ibrahim has now received his much needed tool pack. 

Ibrahim, like most cocoa farmers, lack the tools required to perform basic good agricultural practices (GAP) of pruning, fertilising, sanitation and harvesting however tried, where possible, to borrow basic tools from friends and neighbours. 

Thanks to your sponsorship Ibrahim now has his own tools, pest management spraying equipment, personal protective gear to keep safe and other items required to empower him to routinely apply GAP to increase his farm productivity and long term sustainability. 

 

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