The cacao tree is a good crop to reforest land, because it provides a large amounts of organic matter to ecosystems and benefits the conservation of the soil flora and fauna. Since it has a taproot, it helps retain and protect sloping floors.
The cultivation of cocoa, whose ‘cob’ grows in the large branches of the trunk of a tree of 15 to 24 feet, adds value to the environment because they contribute to reforestation and the creation of healthy, sustainable ecosystems. Besides being fruit and wood they are used to provide shade to the cocoa farm, and in turn food for wildlife and additional capital to farmers.
It is unfortunate that a tropical crop that could grow in many regions of the country, has not received the support it deserves, wich is equivalent to not only spend more material resources, but provide producers the means and payments needed to promote the crop of this tree that Mexico offered up to the world.
- Production of fine cocoa and floral aroma
- Production of timber and non-timber
- It is an environment for various species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles
- Good moisture retention
- Collecting rainwater filtration
- High litter production that facilitates nutrient recycling conserving soil fertility
- Easy access to certification with green seals
- Conservation of natural ecosystems
- Reduction of negative environmental impacts
- Fair treatment of farmers, improving their quality of life
- Protection of water resources
- Protection of Flora and Fauna
- Soil conservation
- Community relations and local welfare