Heavy rains raise concerns for Ivory Coast cocoa

Reuters: Heavy rainfall across most of Ivory Coast's principal cocoa growing regions last week could hinder proper drying of beans and risks damaging flowers and young pods, farmers and analysts said on Monday. Harvesting of the main crop in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, officially opened earlier this month under a widespread reform of the sector that is being closely watched by traders. Earlier concerns that fungal disease caused by over a month of cool, overcast conditions could harm output......

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