High price of cocoa is encouraging Ivorian farmers to increase their spending on fertilisers and pesticides after a long interval, industry sources have said.
This trend suggests that crop yields from the world's largest grower may rise.
Concerns over the looming supply deficit and growing demand for chocolate pushed world cocoa prices near a three-year high last Friday.
Farmers are expecting higher prices next season when a global supply shortfall is forecast and are investing even more in plantation upkeep.
Most plantations in
Diseases such as swollen shoot and black pod as well as insect infestations, have hit crop yields in recent years.
"For a few years, I have not looked after my plantation properly because of lack of money. But this year I've bought more insecticide and fungicide," said
Growers complain that fertiliser prices have risen by 30 per cent since 2010, while insecticides and fungicide prices have climbed by 25 per cent over the same period.
Two years ago,
That has helped to increase returns to growers and boost production.
The country produced 1.415 million tonnes in its 2012/13 crop.
According to a study from
The use of pesticides jumped from 50 per cent to 80 per cent during the same period.
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