Almost all cocoa-growing regions in Côte d’Ivoire haven’t seen rain for the second consecutive week, raising concerns about the quality of the country’s beans. In their newsletter however, Climate42 cites the hydric resistance that was built up with the earlier rains as a cause for optimism.
Unfortunately, Farmers and observers agree that the April-September mid crop is likely to be affected, and most are lowering projections
Farmer reports say the Harmattan wind, which blows down from the Sahara every year, was mild last week, and there are reasons to believe the weather will be cooler in February.
Last week in Côte d’Ivoire, the average temperature was between 24.5 and 27.9 degrees Celsius.
Photo by: World Agroforestry Centre/Yusuf Ahmad.