The world’s largest cocoa producer is in the midst of a rainy season that runs from April to mid-November, when the rains are usually intense and abundant.
Many farmers said the weather had been unusually dry last week, conditions that would still improve the quality of the mid-crop from April to September as it would prevent moisture-induced diseases.
They expect new pods to be harvested during the last three months of the season.
“The weather is good for drying and the amount of rain will help the trees,” said Kouassi Kouame, who farms near the western region of Soubre, where 40.2 millimeters of rain fell last week, or 17.2 mm. Less than five thousand. annual average.
In the southern regions of Agboville and Divo, where rains were also below average, farmers said the dry spell would help them move beans from the bush, as recent rains damaged some roads.
In the eastern Abengourou region, farmers said the pods grew well on the trees, but noted that it was difficult to find buyers to pick their beans.
They added that some farmers were struggling to sell their produce at 700 CFA francs ($1.13) per kilogram, less than the guaranteed price for the produce of 825 CFA francs ($1.33).
“We can’t sell. Many buyers say they have reached their targets. Others say they are out of cash,” said Blaise Aka, who operates a farm near Abengourou, where it fell to 25.3mm last week, down 30.7mm. than the average.
Farmers were also positive about the development of the mid-crop in the central-western Daloa region, the central Bongouanou region and in the central Yamoussoukro region, where rainfall was above average.
“At this stage of the year and given the good condition of the trees, we don’t think there will be any problem with the average crop,” said Anatole Koffi, who runs a farm near Daloa, where 28.6mm fell last week. 1.9mm less than average.
Average temperatures ranged from 25.5 to 27.1 degrees Celsius in Cte d’Ivoire last week.
($1 = 622,000 CFA francs)