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But farmers in Konye, in the country southwest, are struggling to support themselves as unusually harsh weather takes a big bite out of their cocoa income.

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High moisture levels in cocoa from Konye one of the biggest cocoa producing areas of the country are them to sell their produce at a much cheaper rate, Maxwell Ebong, a member of the Konye Farmers Cooperative (KONAFCOOP), told Thomson Reuters at a cocoa producers meeting in Kumba.

farmers cannot get their cocoa completely dry and this is a big problem, he said.

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canada goose black friday sale But while farmers are growing more cocoa than they have in previous years, the poorer quality of their produce means they make less canada goose money than they used to. canada goose black friday sale

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But farmers in Konye and other parts of Cameroon southwest say the unusually heavy rains, which experts link to climate change, mean their drying periods go over two weeks, and still their beans are left with high moisture content.

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According to the National Cocoa and Coffee Board, which oversees the quality and pricing of cocoa in the country, a kilo of dried cocoa in Cameroon currently sells for between 1,180 CFA ($2.25) and 1,250 CFA ($2.40). But desperate farmers are often forced to accept significantly less for their beans.

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SWEET RELIEF However, the region cocoa farmers were recently given some relief when the not for profit SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Cameroon office of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture supplied them with seven moisture content testing machines in August.

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these machines the farmers will now know exactly the moisture content of their produce and will be able to bid a better price, unlike before when they were simply dictated to by buying agents, Ebong said.

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