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
Data collected by Reuters showed
that rainfall in Abengourou, including the region of Aboisso, was 50
millimeters 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
“There is a lot of humidity and high
risk that the beans rot,” said Koffi Kouame, who farms near Soubre. “The pods
that will be harvested in August and September keep growing bigger.”
Data showed that rainfall in Soubre,
which includes the regions of Sassandra and San Pedro, was 58.7 mm last week,
6.9 mm above the five-year average.
In the center-western region of
Daloa and the central regions of Yamoussoukro and Bongouanou, farmers were
happy with moisture improvement compared with previous periods.
“If the rains keep improving, we can
hope for some quality cocoa in September,” said Albert N’Zue, who farms near
Data showed that rainfall in Daloa,
including the region of Bouafle, was 14.5 mm last week, 11.9 mm below the
Average temperatures ranged between
26.2 and 29.3 degrees Celsius.