"Sorry, i'm new here, didn't realize there were comments on my wall (or even the ability to do so!).. didn't see yours here until just now!
I spend a lot of time in strange places, not all of which are entirely safe. Not long ago I…"
"Thank you Sebastian,.... it wasn't the fertilization so much as i was wondering if , what and how these frequent visitors were up to......I had probably spent too long in the hot sun, .....but will still observe and see what I think they are…"
Thanks to The Chocolate Life, I now know the importance of midges or sand flies, as we call them here, in relation to the fertilization of the cocoa flower. Lying under a cocoa tree today, I observed lots of other visitors. Does anyone know if lizards, millipedes, ants, birds or any other insect/ creature play an essential part in the development of the cocoa?See More
"This is very interesting, I was working on the assumption that an extra dry, dry season , like the one we just had, would produce a bumper crop. We are just entering rainy season now, so I hope it's as wet as your was and gives us as many pods."
Sorry, i'm new here, didn't realize there were comments on my wall (or even the ability to do so!).. didn't see yours here until just now!
I spend a lot of time in strange places, not all of which are entirely safe. Not long ago I was in Mexico doing some work, and had the experience of being surrounded by a dozen militia men with machine guns. I also had a bag of sugar that was not labeled as such as it was fresh out of a sugar mill. Things got exciting from there 8-)
I'm interested in the tool you have displayed on your page. I'm a cacau farmer in Brazil and have never seen a similar tool. We have harvesting tools that cut the pods off but a much lighter, simple hooked blade. It's not very efficient and yours looks like several generations ahead of our regional tools. what is it called and is it sold commercially or made locally?