Côte d'Ivoire ravaged by torrential rains

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Africa's largest banana exporter lost nearly a quarter of its annual production in floods caused by torrential rains at the end of June. The floods and accompanying landlslides have caused the deaths of 39 people.

Olivier Biberson, the managing director of Côte d'Ivoire's largest banana company, Compagnie Frutirère subsidiary SCB, estimated that more than 75,000 tonnes and 1 300 hectares of bananas had been lost in the region of Niéky, threatening the livelihoods of some 1 500 workers and their families. Local roads and surrounding food crop lands were also seriously damaged.

During a visit to the affected plantations Agriculture Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly reassured workers that "no jobs would be jeopardised" and that the Government would seek aid to "put the industry.back on its feet". The company said that it would be seeking tax relief from the Government to compensate for the loss of income.

View flood damage.

Source: Radio Télévision Ivoirienne, Abidjan and Agence Ivoirienne de Presse, 13-14/07.