Ivory Coast 2019/20 cocoa arrivals reached 2.004 mln t by July 31 -CCC data

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TO GO W/ AFP STORY IN FRENCH BY David YOUANT Workers cut cocoa in the southwestern Ivorian village of Godilehiri 01 November 2007 near Divo where cocoa and coffee plantation farmers are upset with suspected misappropriation of cocoa revenue or money laundering. Ivory Coast is the world's leading producer of cocoa, which along with coffee accounts for 40 percent of the country's exports and about 20 percent of gross domestic product. A June report by Global Witness charged that cocoa helped finance low-level armed conflict that has left Ivory Coast divided in two for five years between a government-held south and a rebel north since a foiled coup bid in 2002. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast reached 2.004 million tonnes between Oct. 1 and July 31, down 6.4% from the same period last season, data from the cocoa regulator (CCC) showed on Monday.

Exporters had previously estimated that arrivals from Oct. 1 to August 2 would reach 2.043 million tonnes, compared with 2.160 million the previous year.

Reporting by Ange Aboa; editing by Jason Neely

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