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Bundibugyo officials start patrols to stop sell of immature cocoa

Bundibugyo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Local leaders in Kisuba sub county in Bundibugyo district have intensified community patrols to arrest farmers and traders involved in harvesting and selling immature cocoa. The operation has so far seen the arrest of more than 10 farmers and traders. They were detained briefly …

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I.Coast must overhaul key cocoa sector: World Bank

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, earns just a fraction of the crop’s potential value and must process it domestically and develop its distribution to fully reap the benefits, a World Bank report said Thursday. Cocoa accounts for 40 percent of the West African …

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Ivory Coast produces record cocoa crop

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  The cocoa crop of Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, increased 28.5 percent to a record 2.15 million tonnes in the 2016-17 season, the national Coffee and Cocoa Council said Friday. Exports increased by 23.3 percent to 1.9 million tonnes, helping to raise the …

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‘Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast’

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife, a green group said Wednesday. “In several national parks and other protected areas, 90 percent or more of the land mass has been converted to …

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Farmers reaps big as cocoa earns Uganda $74million in 2015

Reaping big from cocoa INTERVIEW: Stephen Sembuya is the CEO of Pink Food Industries, a cocoa-producing enterprise. He spoke to Ian Katusiime about cocoa and the other pertinent issues in the industry. What influences your management style? I come from an industrious background. My dad was the founder of Sembule …

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