Light rains support growth of Ivory Coast cocoa mid-crop, farmers say

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A farmer holds cocoa pods at his farm in San Pedro, western Ivory Coast, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo

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ABIDJAN, May 2 (Reuters) – Rainfall was below average last week in most cocoa growing areas of Ivory Coast, but remained adequate for mid-crop development from April to September , farmers said on Monday.

Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa producer, is in its rainy season, which runs from April to mid-November.

Farmers said the soil moisture level was sufficient to stimulate the development of many small and medium sized pods.

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Harvesting is accelerating and will peak next month as many large pods are nearly ripe, they added.

“The level of rain is good for the trees. The harvest will start to be abundant this month,” said Dominique Koue, who farms near the western region of Soubre, where 15.4 millimeters (mm) of rain is expected. fell last week, 9.2 mm below. the five-year average.

Rainfall was also below average in the southern region of Agboville, the eastern region of Abengourou, the central-western region of Daloa and the central region of Yamoussoukro.

Rainfall was above average in the southern region of Divo and the central region of Boungouanou.

Farmers in several regions said the quality of the beans improved slightly compared to the start of the season.

“We expect the rain to get more and more abundant and the quality to improve, attracting buyers,” said Antoine Kassi, who farms near Bongouanou, where 31.9mm of rain fell last week 8. 5 mm above the average.

Average temperatures ranged from 26.8 to 30.1 degrees Celsius last week.

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Report by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Nellie Peyton and Barbara Lewis

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