Pre-Main Crop Season Meeting
The Cocoa Carers arranged a meeting on November 21, 2013 with Cocoa Care farmers to discuss preparations for the main crop harvest which will begin in April 2014.
For the past 2 months the region has experienced its seasonal dry period and we have been waiting for the rain in order to commence pre-harvest activities.
Now that the rain has started a meeting of farmers from all different Cocoa Care programs was arranged. The main points covered in the meeting were:
- The pruning activities that are now underway,
- Ensure that all phytopthera infected pods (black pods) are removed from the trees and composted to minimize re-infection on the new crop
- Fertilizing which will take place in December and the application rates that will be applied.
Sumange was in attendance as always willing to learn and ensure he is on the right track!