Rehabilitation of a cocoa estate  (Four day short course for farm managers, technicians and trainers)

Pre-requisites:  “Designing, establishing and managing a Cocoa Orchard”; Exemptions may be provided based on cocoa specific experience.

Course description: The course will provide an overview of conditions that may necessitate the rehabilitation of a cocoa estate; determination of the need, when to rehabilitate, and type of rehabilitation.  An introduction to rehabilitation methodologies including – coppicing or structural pruning, replanting or grafting including type of grafting – tree grafting or tree replacement; partial or complete rehabilitation; underplanting or clear felling.  The advantages and disadvantages of the various approaches.  Pest and disease management, soil fertility management.  Field visit to recently rehabilitated farms, practicals on coppicing, structural pruning, tree grafting, killing large overgrown shade trees and bamboo, vines; practical approaches to reducing the disease inoculum, controlling termites and other pests.

Resources: Field trip to farms, training at the IFCIC cocoa orchard, printing services and office support. Provision of breaks