Ivory Coast to Re­duce Co­coa Out­put

Africa Outlook - - News -

Ivory Coast’s Cof­fee and Co­coa Coun­cil (CCC) will sus­pend pro­grammes for the 2018-19 sea­son that boost co­coa out­put, aim­ing to re­duce pro­duc­tion in the face of global over­sup­ply.

The mar­ket­ing board plans to halt dis­tri­bu­tion of higher-grade seeds and plants by choco­late mak­ers, in­clud­ing Mars and Nes­tle, that de­velop hy­brid species that they pass on to farm­ers to in­crease yields.

“Given the in­crease in global co­coa sup­ply and fall­ing prices since 2016/17, the CCC has de­cided to carry out a cen­sus of the cof­fee and co­coa or­chards,” the CCC said in a state­ment. It did not say when the cen­sus would be­gin.

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