Soil Sampling Completed
To measure the full impact that specific interventions might have on soil condition, tree health, tree productivity and bean size (amongst other things) it is important that soil samples are taken for laboratory testing prior to the intervention.
All 22 cocoa farms involved in the IPNI program, were completely measured and mapped and soil samples collected over a seven day period. This dedicated group of farmers worked day, night & through the rain to ensure the soil samples were collected to allow time for laboratory testing before the fertilizing and composting work could commence.
As we progress through the IPNI program, soil & leaf testing will be conducted to measure the impact of fetilizer and compost applications and to asses the further requirements for each farm. Requirements may vary from farm to farm depending on soil, climatic and other location conditions so each farm is monitored individually.
Next step will be to prepare for routine monitoring by marking the "control" trees (those that will not have specific soil management applied) and the "test" trees (those that will have ideal soil management applied) so that farmers can clearly see the positive benefits that investing in their soil will have.
Soil sampling underway using a special tool designed for soil sampling.
L: Farmer Salama's wife Rustini brings snacks for the team. R: Rain won't deter the farmers from soil sampling!
Cocoa Carer Farmer Muharis gives the thumbs up to soil testing.
L: Farmers learn about soil testing from a Cocoa Carer. R: Marsuci sorts and watches over the precious soil.
L Farmer Salama has been working hard. R: Lunch time at Salama's house. The team needs to refuel.
Just a portion of the farmers involved in the soil sampling. It was a joint effort. Well done!