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Ivory Coast to Replant Cocoa Trees With Faster-Growing Variety

November 23, 2011

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa producer, will replant 30,000 hectares (74,131 acres) of aging trees with a variety that produces pods within 18 months, said Tiemoko Yo, director of the National Center for Agronomic Research.

As many as 15,000 farmers will benefit from the program, he said in Yamoussoukro, the capital, today. The distribution of the new seeds started this month and will finish in late December, Yo said.

--With assistance from Olivier Monnier in Abidjan. Editors: Emily Bowers, Karl Maier

To contact the reporter on this story: Baudelaire Mieu in Abidjan via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net -0- Nov/23/2011 11:16 GMT


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