​Cocoa production grows in 2017, benefiting from the climate

Second half of April will have a lot of rain, warns Climatempo

13.04.2017 | 20:59 (UTC -3)
Eric Reale Finger

Brazilian cocoa crops are yielding satisfactory results at the beginning of 2017. The reason for the good phase is the interference of the La Niña phenomenon, which affected Brazil throughout last year. “The rains normalized at the exact time of cocoa flowering, contributing to an increase in production at the beginning of this year”, explains Mauricio Pinho, operations director at the Brazilian Cocoa Industry. According to the expert, ideally, during the rainy season, there should be a drought so that the plant can flower and produce the cocoa fruit between May and June.

Despite the good moment of the crop, it is not yet possible to set a specific growth number because the crop has not yet finished harvesting. “This value will still fluctuate. I believe the increase will be around 15% to 30%”, says Mauricio. However, if there is not a necessary dry period soon, it is possible that farmers will face some obstacles. “If it continues to rain at a rapid pace, we will start to have difficulty getting the cocoa out of the fields”, he adds.

The main cocoa producing regions are Bahia, Pará, Rondônia and Espírito Santo, in that order. In Brazil, chocolate, a product derived from the fruit, is equivalent to 56% of all industrial production of candies and sweets.

According to Climatempo meteorologist, Alexandre Nascimento, for the second half of April the tendency is for a lot of rain in the cocoa producing areas. Only in the south of Bahia and Espírito Santo is there an expectation of a short period of drought at the end of the month.

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