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Adoption Of Horticultural Science
The aim is to generate high yielding varieties using seeds cultivated in controlled environments following traceability norms and using trained personnel. The use of clonal gardens and grafting ensures homogeneity.
The in-house ability to generate better performing vegetal matter has meant that intenstification is now a reality. Since 2013/2014, Ivory Coast has seen a 66% rise in land area for cocoa but yield per HA has remained stagnant (500 KG/HA). A production that uses far too much land for minimal yields has led to deforestation and low prices. By planting at 2200 trees/HA compared to national average (1000 - 1500 trees/HA), we achieve better yields using far less land.