ABIDJAN, Oct 11 (Reuters) -
*Ivory Coast cocoa grinders had processed 547,000 tonnes of
beans from the start of the season in October to the end of
September, data from exporters' association GEPEX showed on
*That was up 8.3% from 505,000 tonnes in same period last
*Grinders processed 44,000 tonnes of beans in September, up from
41,000 tonnes in the same month of the previous season.
*Ivory Coast's 2018/19 season Q4 grind reached 140,473 tonnes,
up from 126,347 tonnes a year earl
Top cocoa producers Ivory Coast
and Ghana said on Thursday they would re-examine the cocoa
industry's sustainability schemes as chocolate makers have been
slow to pay the two nations a living income differential (LID)
for their beans.
Heavy rain last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa growing regions could boost harvesting in the coming months but farmers fear beans could start rotting due to high humidity, they told Reuters on Monday.
Higher prices are needed to
ensure cocoa production becomes more sustainable, a senior
European Union official said on Tuesday, backing plans by top
growers Ivory Coast and Ghana to levy a "living income
differential" on sales.
The village of Lahou-Kpanda is sinking. In the past 30 years, residents of the once-thriving historic town 140 km southwest of the Ivorian capital Abidjan have seen their prison, hospital and school be subsumed by the waters.
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