25.8 C
Abuja
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Forgotten European atrocities in Africa: Peek into abuses and man’s inhumanity to man

This story was done exactly two years ago, it generated quite a lot of feedbacks including a charge one from Shadrack Mandela which stated thus: 'less...

Bill Gates confident coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Africans on Twitter not having it

Talks to have a potential vaccine for Covid-19 tested in Africa, because the number of infected people is not as high as other countries...

Africa’s low coronavirus rate puzzles health experts

Whether it's a matter of faulty detection, climatic factors or simple fluke, the remarkably low rate of coronavirus infection in African countries, with their...

Crime against Congo: Cases against King Leopold II and Belgium

The intriguing thing about the entrance of King Leopold II into Africa is that it was not with any force or coercion; rather, his...

Open letter to Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs: Release High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs body for burial

Dear Ma, I hope this letter meets you in good health.It is with deep sense of respect that I have chosen to write to you...

History Special: Queen Amina, a warrior among men

In many climes in Africa, women have had to struggle to rise above the perking order of patriarchal expectations.They were highly accepted among men...

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers eye sun spell to boost cocoa yield

Below average rainfall mixed with long sunny spells last week in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions will improve growing conditions after weeks of wet weather, farmers said on Monday.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is entering the dry season, which runs from mid November to March, when rain is scarce or light.

Farmers said soil moisture content was still high after abundant November rain, so plantations would need one good rainfall per week in December to help trees weather the dry season and the dry Harmattan wind.

Farmers said bean quality was good. Harvesting picked up last week and was expected to increase gradually until late December.

In the center-western region of Daloa, which produces a quarter of national output, farmers said conditions would stop the spread of disease and help trees to yield well.

“Lots of warmth and a little rain will help us have a good crop,” said Paulin Bawa, who farms near Daloa.

Data collected by Reuters showed rainfall in the region of Daloa, which includes the region of Bouafle, was 2.3 millimeters (mm) last week, 7.3 mm below the five-year average.

Farmers welcomed the sunny spells and predicted an abundant, good quality harvest until next year if the sunshine continues with adequate moisture in the southern region of Agboville, where rains were 19.3 mm last week, 1.2 mm below average.

In the southern region of Divo, in the central region of Bongouanou and Yamoussoukro, and in the eastern region of Abengourou, where rainfall was also below average last week, farmers said the weather in December would be crucial for the quality of the crop in February.

“For now it’s going well. But if the Harmattan comes early in December and if it’s strong, we might have small beans from February,” said Leon Anani, who farms near the central region of Yamoussoukro.

In the western region of Soubre, at the heart of the cocoa belt, farmers said they were happy as the weather was good for harvesting, which was expected to peak in December.

“There are no complaints right now about the quality of the beans,” said Augustin Deha.

Rainfall in Soubre, which includes the regions of San Pedro and Sassandra, was 4.3 mm, 14 mm below the five-year average.

- Advertisement -

Latest Posts

Son of Angola’s ex-leader handed 5 yrs jail term in $500m graft case

Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno Dos Santos, son of former Angolan president Eduardo Dos Santos to five years in prison over a $500...

Death toll from fighting from disarmament exercise in S.Sudan now 148

The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government...

DR Congo struggle to dislodge armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that...

UN experts accuse top Mali military officials of obstructing peace efforts

United Nations experts have accused senior army and intelligence officials in Mali of deliberately obstructing a shaky 2015 peace accord, originally designed to reduce...

Don't Miss

Son of Angola’s ex-leader handed 5 yrs jail term in $500m graft case

Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno Dos Santos, son of former Angolan president Eduardo Dos Santos to five years in prison over a $500...

Death toll from fighting from disarmament exercise in S.Sudan now 148

The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government...

DR Congo struggle to dislodge armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that...

UN experts accuse top Mali military officials of obstructing peace efforts

United Nations experts have accused senior army and intelligence officials in Mali of deliberately obstructing a shaky 2015 peace accord, originally designed to reduce...

Five dead in Ivory Coast protest against Ouattara 3rd-term bid

Protests against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in the coming election, has left at least five people dead...

Ouattara’s 3rd term bid sparks protest in Ivory Coast

Protesters burned tyres and mount road blocks in protests in Ivory Coast over President Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term, as opposition...

Nigeria, 6 other African nations to start testing for COVID-19 antibodies

Nigeria is among 7 African countries that will start administering coronavirus antibody tests from next week, a regional body said on Thursday, as part...

Mass arrests in Ethiopia raise fear of return to repressive past

Ethiopia has detained more than 9,000 people after deadly clashes last month, the state-run human rights commission said, raising fears that a government hailed...

Veteran Ugandan opposition, Kizza Besigye opts out of 2021 general election

Veteran Ugandan opposition leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has left his party at crossroads after the four-time presidential aspirant, refused to carry the party’s flag...

Jihadists seize key Mozambique LNG port town

Fighters linked to Islamic State seized control of a northern Mozambican port town that’s been a key logistics link for a $23 billion natural-gas...
%d bloggers like this: