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Ivory Coast Considers Cutting Cocoa Export Taxes, Nord-Sud Says

June 28, 2011

June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Ivory Coast may reduce export taxes on cocoa beans to boost the income of farmers as part of a planned reform of the cocoa industry, Nord-Sud reported, citing Agriculture Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.

Under the plans, farmers will receive at least 50 percent of the price paid at export, the Abidjan-based newspaper said, citing Coulibaly.

The Ivory Coast’s government plans to set up a task force to restructure the cocoa industry following talks with the World Bank, Coulibaly said, according to Nord-Sud.

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