Painting Trees - Impact Monitoring Set Up
With tins of red and blue paint in hand, farmers marked trees to signify that they were either sample "control" trees (red), that would have standard intervention, or "test" trees (blue) that would be sampled routinely from the area where ideal soil management including fertilizing and composting will be applied.
This is done to establish the procedure to accurately measure the impact that the interventions have on soil heath, tree heath, pod quality, productivity and quality (bean size).
By marking the trees, our monitoring team and individual farmers can easily identify which trees are being routinely monitored by the Cocoa Care monitor team.
I think the farmers had fun with the paint!
Farmers mark trees blue to identify the sample trees from the test area.
Farmers mark trees red to identify the control trees