This first work report of 2023 is fitting for a review of the past year. We did not do much wrong. Cocoa remains the problem child. While high-quality beans are in short supply, the price per kilogram is not shifting upward. In addition, the harvests were too late, as 2022 was a rainy year. Cocoa trees need at least four hours of sun a day to vigorously form the pads that contain the beans. In addition, fertilizer prices have nearly doubled. And as if it were not enough, many of our resellers’ stores are still closed. They have not been able to recover after the pandemic.
The many rains have a huge disadvantage for cocoa, but is beneficial for trees. Tropical trees need a lot of water. Your teak and mahogany trees are growing well accordingly. We finally finished our inventory in January and can now make harvest plans to cut the first ones at the end of 2024. As you know, we start with the trees that have reached a trunk diameter of over 32 centimeters..
Plastic is the huge problem of our time. Washed up plastic bottles, drinking cups and shopping bags hinder the sea turtles to come to the beach to lay their eggs and after the breeding season the hatched hatchlings to get into the sea. Since we are very active in Mati, we have decided to collect the plastic waste from Dahican Beach in Mati and bring it to Davao to build more school chairs. (https://amihansadahican-sos.weebly.com)
Plastic in the sea is a huge problem. On the left, the skeleton of a dolphin, dead from plastic waste. On the right, the difficult migration of small turtles to run to the sea because plastic waste blocks the way.
Exactly 57,702 mangroves planted in four days. Hard work for our planters.
With small but steady steps we are approaching the first million planted mangroves for the Malizia Mangrove Park in Mati. We will soon have reached the two-thirds hurdle. So “only” about 350,000 mangroves are missing to check off the first waypoint. Please don’t be shy and help us to reach this goal as soon as possible. What happens after that? We start the next million and replant from the first million the mangroves that have not grown or died. So the work will not be less, rather more. But it is a pleasure to see how people benefit from our planting activities. Thank you for that.
Our new action with the mayor’s office in Monkayo is a real milestone. We are training people to work and build with bamboo to increase value creation and have been given a ten-acre plot for 25 years. Bamboo does grow up to 80 years, but at the end of the contract, the land goes back to the community. What is so special about this pilot project? The community not only provided us with the land, but also the workers to plant it. This makes it much more affordable for Mama Earth. So please be sure to check out our offer. The number of sets limited, the set price so low because we only pay for the seedlings and do the cultivation.
All seedlings are grown from seed, which ensures a high rate of growth. Those that have not grown, from experience under three percent, are replanted to make the best use of the area.
We have launched a bamboo project with the mayor Manuel Zamora in Monkayo. On ten hectares, which we received free of charge from the mayor’s office, we will plant two varieties of bamboo in the first half of 2023, which can already be partially harvested in the fourth year. Join in.