Similarly, the western region of Daloa saw 77.1 millimeters of rain last week, while the central region of Bongouanou received 43.8 millimeters of rain; all above previously recorded average levels.
Many Ivorian cocoa farmers were delighted to welcome the rains, with one telling Reuters: ” We are very happy. We did not expect such rain now. We hope that the mid-harvest will have a good yield.
In the meantime, even if “everything is in place on the trees and the fruits are developing well,” As farmer Salame Kone said, others have also expressed concern that the rains may not help improve the quality of cocoa beans. And Business Insider Africa understands that exporters rejected some shipments because the prolonged dry season led to poor quality beans.
As in most West African countries, the dry season in Côte d’Ivoire begins in late November and ends in early to mid-March.
At 2,034,000 metric tons, the French-speaking West African country is currently the largest cocoa producer in the world, according to World Population Review. Alongside Ghana which produces 883,652 metric tonnes, the two countries account for around 50% of global cocoa production. This is why any development likely to affect production (positively or negatively) is carefully monitored.