Cocoa Farmers Welcome Rains

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Rains remained below average last week in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa-growing regions but were more abundant compared to previous weeks, which could boost the April to September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday.

In the eastern region of Abengourou, farmers said rainfall levels were good for the trees but that it was becoming difficult to dry the beans.
“The weather is cloudy. It started raining a lot and we don’t have enough sun,” Etienne Yao, who farms near Aboisso, said. “There are enough pods to harvest but it’s hard to dry the beans.”

Data collected by Reuters showed that rainfall in Abengourou, including the region of Aboisso, was 50 millimetres last week, 1.5 mm below the five-year average.

Farmers reported similar conditions in the southern regions of Agboville and Divo, where downpours were abundant.
In the western region of Soubre, farmers said they were concerned the harvest could rot on its way out of the bush.