[Nestle’s “gift” of revitalization comes with a price–Nestle will have first rights to the product. — Frontlines ed.]
Nestle gives farmers disease-resistant cocoa trees
By Ange Aboa
BONOUA, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Nestle on Wednesday ramped up its distribution of disease-resistant cocoa trees to farmers in Ivory Coast, part of a plan to boost productivity per hectare and improve the notoriously poor quality of the top grower’s cocoa beans.
The world’s biggest food maker, which has distributed some 140,000 saplings since 2009, said it will hand out 600,000 saplings by the end of the month and a further one million next year in a bid to raise productivity on farms.
Diseases and aging trees mean Ivorian cocoa yields are amongst the lowest in the world at less than 500 kg per hectare compared to 2 tonnes in Indonesia and 1.5 tonnes in Ghana.
The Swiss company has a policy of giving away trees but retains the priority to buy the cocoa produced from them through exporters ADM Cocoa, Cargill, COCAF-Ivoire-Noble and Outspan-Olam. Continue reading
President of ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Victor Gbeho, has cleared France of any wrongdoing in the capture of embattled Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo.
Reports remain unclear over who actually captured Mr. Gbagbo.
Earlier reports in sections of the media had indicated that French Special Forces captured the Former Leader and handed him over to pro Ouattara forces.
But France has denied the reports. Continue reading