Starting to Harvest
While the main crop season is still a couple of months away, the improvements made on Sumange and Salsia's farm means the already have cocoa pods on their trees that need harvesting!
A well managed cocoa farm should have some cocoa on their trees pretty much all year round and the farming family would harvest some (usually small amounts) all throughout the year. Unfortunately, this is less common these days as farms are not managed well and farmers are really struggling to get out of the hole they find themselves in.
Through the Cocoa Care program, Sumange and Salsia have received the right training, tools, materials and support in order to get them on the right path and their subsequent dedication and efforts are now starting to pay off!
This time last year there were no pods on Sumange's trees (like most of his fellow farmers), not only are there a large number of pods around but the beans inside are wonderfully healthy looking.