A group of United States businessmen arrived in the capital of the Ivory coast, Abidjan, on Sunday (20 January) on a fact finding tour of West Africa.
A group of United States businessmen arrived in the capital of the Ivory coast, Abidjan, on Sunday (20 January) on a fact finding tour of West Africa. In the Ivory Coast they were due to meet officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, and also to visit some of the country's cocoa plantations.
The group is being led by the head of the United States Chocolate Manufactures Association, Mr. Russell Cook. The United States is the second biggest buyer of cocoa from the Ivory Coast.
On the second day of their visit, Monday, they visited the French Institute of Coffee and Cocoa (I.F.C.C.) at Bingerville which is about 12 1/2 miles (20 kms) from Abidjan. They were met by the Institute's director Mr. Marc Belin.
The Institute was established in 1960. It carries out research on improving coffee and cocoa production in the Ivory Coast, and it specialist??? in developing new varieties of plaint. The plantation covers 74,130 acres, (30,000 hectares), and the Institute employs 500 people, including 26 agricultural students.