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Abidjan - Cool, cloudy weather and a lack of rain last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa growing regions will have hindered the development of the next main crop, though there was good rain and sunshine in some areas, farmers say.

Farmers said this month and August would be crucial for the development of the October-to-March main crop in the world's top cocoa producer.

In the western region of Soubre, at the heart of the cocoa belt, an analyst reported just 2mm of rain last week, compared with 13mm the previous week. Farmers say the flowers will need more rain and sun to boost the size of the crop.

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