Ivorien farmers say heavy rain, floods threaten Ivory Coast cocoa mid-crop.

 Heavy rain in most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa regions flooded some plantations in lowlands last week, threatening the April-to-September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday

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

In the southern and western regions, farmers said two consecutive weeks of rainfall had damaged access to plantations, making it difficult to get beans out of the bush.

Farmers added they feared buyers would refuse to buy beans in the coming weeks as the weather was regularly overcast and it was difficult to dry beans properly.


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