Eric Martial (trained by ITA) works at the nursery that belongs to CacaoPlus in partnership with ITA. The nursery is used to produce young cocoa seedlings for the establishment of plantations. It is one of the prerequisites for the success of the plantation and avoids the high mortality encountered when the seeds are sown directly in the field. There are three modes of reproduction of cocoa plant material: grafting, cutting and bean breeding, which is the simplest and most widespread.
The cacao tree, about 4 to 5m in size, branches from 1 to 1.5 m in several shoots with a very dense foliar system. The flowers, growing along the trunk and large branches, give between 10 and 80 fruits, commonly called "pods", containing 20 to 50 white beans.
Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR
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