Ivory Coast Seeks Funds to Stop Cocoa Swollen-Shoot Disease

Ivory Coast is seeking 46 billion CFA francs ($88 million) to stop the spread of swollen-shoot disease on cocoa farms, according to a government statement published in Fraternite Matin.

A preliminary survey shows the disease has affected 12 percent of cocoa farms across Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest grower of the crop, according to the statement in the state- owned newspaper, which was signed by government spokesman Bruno Kone.

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