ERJ staff report (BC)
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire – The Ivorian government is setting up the country's first fund dedicated to agricultural research, reports Théodore Kouadio of All Africa.
The fund will be resourced by levies of ten West African CFA francs (two US cents) per kilogram of rubber produced and 0.5 West African CFA francs (0.1 US cents) per kilogram of dessert bananas.
Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, the minister of agriculture, is reported as saying that funding agricultural research will lead to a boost in the production of the food crops yam, cassava and plantain (as opposed to cash crops).
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