Location: Peru, San Martin, Alto Huayabamba project
Climate: subtropical humid
Soil: Inceptisol (USDA classification)
– Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
– UNAS, Universidad Agraria de la Selva, Peru
YIELDS QUALITY AND QUANTITY
– Cocoa yields depend upon cocoa plant’s general status, soil quality, climate, agricultural practices, shade
– Harvest’s quality can be evaluated from the damaged fruits rate
– There exists an optimum timber tree density for harvest quality and yields. In our particular context, it could be around 50 trees/ha.
– Full sun and high tree density are both damageable for harvest quality and yields.
– Low trees density increases fruits health and yields compared to full sun system.
– Full sun conditions increase by 86% the rate of damaged fruit in comparison with low tree density.