Ivorian cocoa farmers hope for dry weather as disease flares in east

FILE PHOTO: Men dry cocoa beans in Kokoumbo, Ivory Coast, September 23, 2018. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon/File Photo

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Above-average rainfall in Ivory Coast’s eastern cocoa-growing regions last week could hinder bean-drying and fuel the spread of disease, farmers said on Monday. Harvesting for the October-to-March main crop has picked up in the world’s top cocoa producer, with farmers saying they were handling many beans. After months of abundant rainfall, farmers […]

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