Ivory Coast's abundant rains boost cocoa mid-crop: farmers

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Well above-average rains punctuated by sun last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions should boost the April to September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday.
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Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, is in its dry season from November to March, when downpours are scarce or poor.

Farmers said no significant volumes of beans of the October to March main crop were currently leaving the bush, and that some buyers were rejecting deliveries of small and poor-quality beans.

In the central regions of Daloa, Bongouanou and Yamoussoukro, sharply hit by the dry season since the start of the year, farmers said they were happy the rainfall was back for a second consecutive week.

"It's like the rain is trying to make it up to us," said Justin Tiemele, who farms near Daloa.

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