Soil & Leaf Sampling
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.