COCOA prices offered the nation's farmers declined as mold induced by heavy rains reduced the quality of the chocolate ingredient, said Socodevi, an organisation working on improving crops in
Farmgate prices in the
"High mold caused by heavy rains affected crop quality, leading to lower pricing of beans by exporters," said Abang who is training farmers in the country on how to raise output and bean quality. "The mold level is as high as 21 per cent, compared with three per cent that is internationally acceptable."
Cocoa exports from
Abang said: "We are asking farmers to reduce unwanted branches to enable sunlight to penetrate their farms for the main crop harvest."
The main crop harvest in the southern Edo state, accounting for 15 per cent of the nation's output, has been slowed by mold of up to 30 per cent, owing to the rains,
The rainy season, which runs from May to October in the area, has brought heavy precipitation this month, he said.
Farmgate prices in the area are between
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