Among the cocoa growing districts in Ghana, the Yilo Krobo Municipal District is normally one of the least watered in March, a key feature that tends to add to the delay in recovery and subsequent pod setting. This season, however, the Yilo Krobo district received above-average rainfall in the second half of February and the first half of March, which helped to cover the plants’ needs and, for once, initiate recovery earlier.
The period since mid-March was marked by a break in the rainfall which was ended by abundant rainfall on March 26. That dry spell was short enough not to have an effect on trees’ production. All in all, this district should enter the wet season with trees in good condition, despite the harsh, main dry season lived.
To put this in perspective, the situation is not as good as last year, when this district was exceptionally wet during the long dry season, but the recovery will be much quicker than, for example, in 2016, when the rains only returned in late March.