Cocoa production from top grower Ivory Coast’s October to March main crop will reach around 1.06 million tonnes with disease and cross-border smuggling likely to have little effect on output, Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut said on Monday. 

Initial fears that the negative effects of a prolonged dry spell earlier in the year could cut into Ivorian output have been replaced by worries of disease outbreaks due to heavy rains, but De Petter said neither phenomenon will dent production. 

“On the coast, there isn’t much cocoa, because it was very dry. But in the interior production seems better and that balances out,” Paul De Petter, director for West Africa, told Reuters. 

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