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Burkina Faso Cotton Farmers Refuse to Plant Seeds Over Price

About 8,000 cotton farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s largest producer of the fiber, are refusing to plant the crop for the 2011-12 harvest after their demands for a higher price weren’t met, according to a regional growers’ union.

The farmers come from the country’s west and normally sell their cotton to Societe Burkinabe des Fibres Textiles, known as Sofitex, said Abou Ouattara, president of the Houet provincial growers’ union that represents 13 provinces in the West African nation, by phone from Bobo Dioulasso, the second-biggest city, today.