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COCOBOD PROJECT

Codapec


INTRODUCTION

COCOBOD introduced the CODAPEC programme (Mass Spraying) in 2001/2002 to control black pod disease and mirids (capsids) to prevent their effects on cocoa production. The programme comes at no cost to the farmer. Only mapped farms in good condition are considered under this exercise.



 


OBJECTIVES OF CODAPEC 


1.    To assist cocoa farmers in the country to fight capsids and the black pod disease.
2.    To train farmers and technical personnel on the cultural and chemical methods of pests and diseases control.
3.    To educate and train local sprayers on safe pesticides usage.
4.    To increase farmers’ disposal incomes.


MODE OF OPERATION


A)   Capsid Control

1.   Capsid Control is done by a 7-member spraying gang (supervisor inclusive)

2.   COCOBOD ensures that two (2) rounds of insecticides application are done in April/May
and September/October. 

3.   Cocoa farmers are encouraged to complement the first two (2) rounds with additional
two (2) rounds in June and December.


B)  Blackpod Control

1. The Black pod Control is carried out by an 11-member gang which includes a supervisor

2. The first three (3) rounds of fungicides spraying are done by between 3-4 weeks’
intervals by COCOBOD in June, July and August/October.

3.   Cocoa farmers are advised to work closely with the gang to identify which periods
within the intervals to complement with additional  three (3) rounds application of the
fungicides

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CHEMICALS

1.   COCOBOD takes full responsibility of carting chemicals to regions and districts for
onward distribution to task forces in districts and communities.

2.   The chemicals are allocated to farmers to arrange with supervisors of spraying
gangs to plan spraying schedules to spray their farms.

 


COCOBOD introduced the CODAPEC programme (Mass Spraying) in 2001/2002 to control black pod disease and mirids (capsids) to prevent their effects on cocoa production. The programme comes at no cost to the farmer. Only mapped farms in good condition are considered under this exercise.


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