SMS Field officers regularly visit the farmers. They accompany them to the plantations and offer them advice.
The cocoa pods grow directly on the trunks. They turn yellow or red when they are ripe.
The Field officers show how to pollinate by hand. This method leads to a higher yield. The hand pollinated trees are marked with a red ribbon.
As soon as the cocoa pods are harvested, the farmers break them open and the mucilage including the cocoa beans is put on banana leaves to ferment.
The cocoa beans are then sundried on big tables in the villages.