Dry Conditions Hurt Nigeria’s Cocoa

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The continuing drought in southwestern Nigeria has led to a dieback disease outbreak among the cocoa trees planted there. Yield declines and outright tree death will cut the April-June mid-crop harvest by up to 750 tonnes, according to a Bloomberg report. That’s not a huge percentage of Nigeria’s 236,521 tonne crop (FAO - 2016), but farmers could begin to see more serious problems if dry conditions continue and affect more trees. Gro Intelligence subscribers can easily monitor current satellite data on the afflicted areas using maps like those below.

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