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Ivory Coast Jan-Oct rubber exports up 18 pct

ABIDJAN Dec 5 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast exported 416,231 tonnes of natural rubber in the first ten months of the year to Oct. 31, up about 18 percent from the same period in the previous year, provisional port data showed on Monday.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is also Africa’s leading grower of natural rubber.

Exports have grown in recent years as farmers, lured by the promise of more stable incomes, have increasingly switched from cocoa.

Following are port figures in tonnes:

  Oct 2016 Sept 2016 Oct 2015
Abidjan 35,906  35,748 20,626
San Pedro 19,416  19,100  22,395
Total  55,322 54,848  43,021
Cumulative from Ja 416,231  360,909  353,712

NOTE: October data for Abidjan is provisional and subject to revision. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Nellie Peyton and Louise Heavens)


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