Farmers in top cocoa growers Ivory Coast and Ghana are extremely hopeful of a good start to the main-crop harvest after favorable weather.
This is following downpours last week after previous showers. This points to good prospects for the first four months of the main harvest season that starts in October, said David Soffo, a farmer in Yakasi-Newtown in southwest Ghana.
The situation is similar in Ivory Coast, though growers said more rain is needed to ensure an equally good latter part of the main crop that runs through March.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall in the central Ivory Coast caused flooding and blocked access to some plantations in recent days. Affected farmers are waiting for the water to recede to assess how trees are faring, said Yao Konan, a grower in Kossou.
In other major West African producers, some farmers in Cameroon took advantage of mild rains to carry out fieldwork and market harvested beans. A mix of rain and sun has been good for trees in southeastern Nigeria, though the black-pod disease has been reported in coastal areas. In the nation’s southwest, recent rains brought some relief after a lengthy dry spell.
Most of West Africa’s growing regions are expected to see moisture levels increase this week, according to data.