Côte d’Ivoire may lose 115,000 tonnes of banana export to rainfall-Minister

Banana caters for about five per cent of Cote d’Ivoire’s GDP and employs some 8,350 persons.

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Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Agriculture, Coulibally Sangafowa, said Tuesday that the country may lose about 115,000 tonnes of banana meant for export to Europe due to heavy rainfall.

Mr. Sangafowa told newsmen in Abidjan that several hectares of banana farms in the country, especially in Songon region, were destroyed by heavy rains that fell in June.

The minister, however, said that the government would continue to work toward realising Cote d’Ivoire’s dream of exporting 300,000 tonnes of banana annually.

He said “as a government, we are working seriously to ensure that work commences on the farms as soon as possible”.

“We want to ensure that this disaster did to lead to massive loss of jobs. We will seek assistance from stakeholders to ensure that the sector bounces back,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that heavy rainfall in June submerged about 14,000 hectares of land and washed away about 1,300 hectares of banana plantation in Cote d’Ivoire.

Reports said that the disaster, which destroyed 22 per cent of the country’s total banana farm, was capable of leading to the loss of no fewer than 2,000 jobs.

Banana caters for about five per cent of Cote d’Ivoire’s GDP and employs some 8,350 persons.

The country emerged Africa’s largest producer of banana in 2013 with a national output of 240,000 tonnes. (NAN)


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