Burkina Faso Cotton Producers Protest Against Government Fertilizer Prices

Cotton growers in western Burkina Faso, Africa’s biggest producer of the fiber, held protests in two cities yesterday against government-set prices and threatened to boycott the crop season, union officials said.

More than 2,000 producers demonstrated in Bobo Dioulasso, 360 kilometers (217 miles) west of the capital, Ouagadougou, Abou Ouattara, president of a producers union in Houet Bobo province, said in an interview yesterday. About 2,500 people marched in Dedougou, 250 kilometers northwest of the capital, Nouhanta Bonzi, a spokesman of the demonstrators, said by phone.

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