For The Future Of Cocoa 

Soil & Leaf Sampling

Posted on June 03, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

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 cocoa farms involved in the IPNI program, have had soil and leaf samples collected which took around one week to complete. This dedicated group of farmers worked day, night to ensure the soil samples were collected swiftly in order to allow time for laboratory testing before the fertilizing and composting work can commence.

As we progress through the Uralkali 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. 

The next steps will be to completely map and count every tree on each farm along with preparing 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.

Photos following: 

  L: Cocoa Carer's Aris and Darwis who led the sampling activity. L: Cocoa Care Monitors Pak Suprato and Askar. 

 L: Marsuci collects leaf samples. R: Cocoa Carer Darwis and Marsuci package leaf samples for the laboratory

  Farmers participate in taking soil samples on their own farms under the supervision of Cocoa Carer Darwis. 

 Farmers participate in taking soil samples on their own farms with help from Cocoa Care Monitor- Askar.

  L Cocoa Care Darwis. R: Soil and leave samples are complete!

Some of the participants in the soil and leaf sampling including Marsuci (2nd from left), Cocoa Carer Darwis (3rd from left) and Cocoa Care Monitor Askar (right).
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