Reuters reports that farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are hopeful that a recent unexpected downpour around the main Cocoa growing regions would be a welcome boost for the crop. The country has just started their main harvest season which runs from October to March.
However, November is supposed to mark the beginning of the dry season as well, so a heavy downfall could be considered propitious.
Cocoa requires a mix of sunshine and rainfall to grow. Too much of either can be disastrous for the crop, and the fortunes of millions that rely on it. Some companies, such as Climate42 are now providing detailed monitoring and reporting at a low enough cost to be widely used across the industry.
Average temperatures ranged from 26.8 to 30.2 Celsius last week. If there are some scattered showers in December, when it is typically dry, farmers could expect a bumper crop in February and March.