Ecuador has a massive task ahead of it. More than 19 million cacao trees are slated for trimming as part of a project by the country’s ministry of agriculture. Some of the old-growth plants have not been pruned in a long time. The cacao fruits that grow close to the trunk are unable to get adequate exposure to light due to thick branches, leaving them vulnerable to rotting. STIHL is supporting small fincas in Ecuador with tools and expertise to help them cut back their trees.