The method of fertilizer application may determine the efficiency of nutrient uptake, especially in marginal soil conditions. When applying fertilizer, ensure that fertilizers are applied over the area of active root activities to ensure good uptake. This is the major reasons why I often recommend ring or circle method of fertilizer application. When the method of applying fertilizer is very poor, it may be detrimental to the plant. It will lead to scorching and can cause damage to the young plants. When applying fertilizer around the tree, always spread it around each cocoa tree and ensure it doesn’t touch the trunk or branches or leaves of the plant because the fertilizer will burn the affected part of the tree.