Ivory Coast Rain Helps Early Growth of Cocoa Main Crop, Farmers say

Environmental News from Africa:

Heavy rain last week in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing regions will boost the development of the next October-to-March main crop, farmers said on Monday.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is in its rainy season which runs from April to mid-November.

Farmers said they expected the April-to-September mid-crop to finish strong, with a significant volume of pods to be harvested from mid-August to late September.

The weather now will help determine the size of the upcoming main crop, which has started to flower. Regular rain will be needed next month to trigger more flowering and help the season start off strong, farmers said.

“It rained a lot here this week. Flowers are beginning to appear on the trees,” said Olivier Boka, who farms in the southern region of Agboville, where 103.2 mm of rain fell last week, 39.7 mm above the five-year average.

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Source: Reuters

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