Mixed Prospects for Ivorian Cocoa Crops

Posted by Eric Haun
Monday, August 04, 2014

Ivory Coast weather over the past week indicated mixed prospects for its main cocoa crop, with overcast weather and no rain potentially hurting development of plants in most regions, but good sunny conditions in others.

In the world's top cocoa producer, farmers said that sunshine was crucial in this period of development of the main crop to help the growth of flowers and small pods now emerging on trees. The size of the crop will depend on the number of flowers that turn into small pods.

The marketing season for the Ivorian mid-crop, which began on April 1, is tailing off, meanwhile.

In the western region of Soubre, at the heart of the cocoa belt, farmers reported no rainfall and a lack of sunny spells for a second consecutive week.

"We are not as worried about the rain because the level of humidity in the soil is good. It's the sunshine that we want to help the flowers and the pods to grow," said Koffi Kouame, who farms in the outskirts of Soubre.

"For now, there's no damage for the main crop. But the sun needs to come out quickly or we will lose lots of flowers," Kouame said.

In the eastern region of Abengourou, known for the good quality of its beans, farmers said the lack of sun and a spell of cooler weather could jeopardize the main crop outlook in the region.

"The small pods might go yellow and fall from the trees and reduce the harvest for October in the region," farmer Marcellin N'Da said.

Similar growing conditions were reported in the coastal regions of San Pedro and Sassandra and in the southern region of Aboisso.

Growing conditions were better in the centre-western region of Daloa, which produces a quarter of Ivory Coast's output, where farmers reported no rain and adequate sunshine for a second week.

"There is no problem here. The trees are doing well, and the flowers and small buds are abundant," said Abel Konan, who farms in the outskirts of Daloa.

In the western region of Bouafle and the central region of Divo, farmers also reported no rain and said the weather was good for the main crop.

"The weather is good here. The sunshine levels are good and lots of flowers are being transformed into small pods," said Amadou Diallo, who farms near Divo.

(By Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Emma Farge and Jane Baird)

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Rickmers-Linie Completes Recertification

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in worldwide liner services for heavy lifts and project cargoes, has successfully completed audits by DNV GL which took place between 3 and 5 November.

Sandra Could Reach Hurricane Strength

Interests in southern portions of the Baja California peninsula have been advised to monitor the progress of Sandra, as Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches may

Seagull's Software Tool for Benchmarking Seafarers Knowledge

Seagull Maritime has launched an advanced software tool able to benchmark seafarer knowledge levels, allowing shipowners and operators to compare their crew


Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven

Deltamarin to Designs First LNG Handysize Bulk Carriers

Deltamarin Ltd proudly announces that it has signed a contract to design the world’s first LNG handysize bulk carriers, which will point the way towards greener shipping of commodities.

Wärtsilä's' Digital Services for Performance Enhancement

Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, launches a new service portfolio, Wärtsilä Genius services to help

Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0749 sec (13 req/sec)