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We are experiencing a revolution that is set to change cocoa production worldwide. Precision irrigation is paving the way to highly efficient and consistent production, able to overcome the unpredictable challenges posed by climate change and more.

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Why choose precision irrigation for your cocoa?

Bring stability to your business:

  • Reduce your risk, whatever the weather
    Lack of, or inconsistent rain becomes a none-issue when you use precision irrigation.  And you can be sure to give your plants what they need, when they need it, all year round.
  • Get the most out of every hectare
    Enjoy faster revenues from your land! Double your productivity per hectare and reap the benefits of growing intercrops with drip irrigation and modern agricultural practices.
  • Whether your plot is big or small, there’s a perfect fit for all
    Precision irrigation systems are easy to configure and fit for any plot, whether you have a single hectare, or thousands.


Increase your profits:

  • Gain top-quality yields
    Push your cocoa beans to their maximum size and quality with precision irrigation. That way, you get the best market price for growing the best market produce.
  • Save on fertilizers, crop protection and labor costs
    By distributing nutrients and crop protection directly to the root zone in the most efficient way. 
  • Accelerate your time to commercial production
    You’ll get from planting to production in just 3 years instead of 5, while securing zero tree mortality. Reduce water stress and provide the doses of nutrition needed to keep your trees healthy and productive.

Things we often get asked:

  • What is the difference between new drip-irrigated cultivation and traditional cultivation?

    Planting configuration:

    With traditional cultivation, trees are widely spaced or even scattered across the area at irregular spacing. With precision irrigated cultivation, trees are organized in a 2 X 4m configuration that allows more trees and yields per hectare and enables the use of agro-machinery tools.

    Tree design:

    In traditional practices, trees are grown large and pruned in a way that fruit is located at the highest parts of the tree, requiring additional labor for picking.In modern practices, the trees are short with multiple branches, enabling more fruit per tree and less labor for picking.


    In traditional practices, the average yield is about 400kg per hectare, while with modern practices using precision irrigation, the yield can reach 2.5 - 3 tons per hectare.

  • How much water can be saved when switching to drip?

    Compared to flood irrigation, drip irrigation can save you more than 50% of the water. Compared to sprinkler systems, drip irrigation can save you up to 30% of the water.

  • Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?

    Precision irrigation can be easily combined with remote control and automation. It is also possible to add digital tools, such as ground sensors or plant sensors to optimize your yields and resources. Learn more about our digital farming solutions

  • Why should I choose drip over other irrigation methods that seem to be less expensive?

    It is not about cost. It is about making the best investment. It’s been proven that drip irrigation increases cocoa yields, while also improving crop quality. In addition, drip technology leads to significant savings in water, fertilizer and labor. Economic calculations show that in the long run, drip is the most sustainable system for cocoa agriculture, delivering higher economic returns than any other method.

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Want to grow better cocoa faster? Try Netafim precision irrigation now!

Want to grow better cocoa faster? Try Netafim precision irrigation now!

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