Michael Jolley describes what makes The Australian Carob Co. products the world's best.
The soil and weather here is of the best growing land in South Australia.
We have nice wet winters and dry hot summers which is ideal for the growing of carob trees and for the development and ripening of the carob pods. Every where we dig in the orchard there are worms because our soil is very healthy and chemical free. Our carob trees get well watered using our bore water which we have water at just 23ft. below the surface and people say that the under ground water here is from the Great Artesian Basin. The soil here is beautiful fertile heavy brown loam over red clay. Our growing methods and pruning is conscious of the care of the trees.
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Professor David Guest, from the University of Sydney's Department of Plant and Food Sciences, says a worldwide shortage of cocoa has been predicted by 2020.
Prof Guest says there are a number of reasons for the expected dearth.
"Firstly, about 70 per cent of our beans come from West Africa and West Africa's been experiencing a whole range of political and social upheaval over the past couple of decades," he says.
"In other countries like Indonesia there's a range of factors like the build up of pests and diseases and a whole range of crops farmers are growing that are more profitable than cocoa."
Prof Guest says farmers are moving into higher return crops such as coffee and maize that are less susceptible to pests and diseases.