Ivory Coast 2017 rubber exports up 31 pct

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ABIDJAN, Jan 30 (Reuters) – exported 701,034 tonnes of in 2017, up more than 31 percent from the previous year, provisional port data showed on Tuesday.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is also the leading producer of natural in . Exports have risen in recent years as farmers, lured by the promise of a more stable income, are increasingly switching away from volatile cocoa.

The following are port export figures in tonnes:

Dec 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2016 Abidjan 61,119 48,350 39,476 23,937 24,135 22,533 Total 85,056 72,485 62,009 Cumulative from Jan 701,034 615,978 533,913

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NOTE: December data for Abidjan is provisional and subject to revision.

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