The plant's presence is believed to be an indicator that the soil is appropriate for planting cocoa tree.
After such discussion one of the men would usually offer to show us a wild cocoa tree in the forest beyond his planted clearings.
After five or seven years they were paid for each mature cocoa tree on the plot of land.
A solution to this is to change the type of cocoa tree being farmed.
Around the river are plantations of coffee, sugar cane, bananas and cocoa trees.
Since nibs are directly from the cocoa tree, they contain high amounts of theobromine.
The noise was coming from somewhere on the ground, presumably the airstrip beyond the tall stand of cocoa trees.
The Chuspa region had about 200000 cocoa trees by the second half of the 19th century.
The main reason for this is that cocoa trees live in the under story of large shade trees.
Producers planted their cocoa trees then in the expectation of the Agreement being met.