ABIDJAN, March 11 (Reuters) - Below average rainfall in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa growing regions last week has raised concern about the April-to-September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday. Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is entering the rainy season, which runs officially from mid-March to late October. Farmers in the bush said there were plenty of pods on the trees to be harvested by June, but that abundant rainfall was needed for cherelles and small pods to develop, and the mid-crop’s harvest to extend until August. In the centre-western region of Daloa, which produces a quarter of Ivory Coast’s output, farmers said moisture was needed to keep the trees healthy. “There must be a good shower to revive the trees,” said Albert N’Zue, who farms near Daloa. Data collected by Reuters showed rainfall in the region of Daloa, including the Bouafle region, was 0.3 mm last week, 14.5 mm below the five-year average. In the eastern … [Read more...] about Ivory Coast cocoa farmers hope for more rain to boost mid-crop
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By Gabrielle Banks Updated 9:20 am CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. Adler recollects some of his experiences at his office, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Houston. less David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. ... more Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 David Adler, a former CIA … [Read more...] about Houston lawyer and ex-CIA officer champions indigent defense in federal court