Burkina Faso Farmer Slain in Dispute Over Cotton-Price Boycott

One farmer was shot dead and at least four injured in Burkina Faso after they tried removing cotton from another grower’s field, said Gilbert Kabore, a spokesman for state cotton company Societe Burkinabe des Fibres Textiles, known as Sofitex.

The farmer killed supported a boycott by about 8,000 producers nationwide against planting the crop to protest a government plan to raise fertilizer prices and cap the amount growers were paid for their produce after world prices soared to a record on March 7. Burkina Faso is sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest grower of the crop.

The farmers “went to extract the plants in the farms of one of the producers who didn’t support the boycott,” Kabore said by phone from Bobo Dioulasso, 360 kilometers (223 miles) west of the capital, Ouagadougou. “When they arrived, the owner shot him and hurt the others.” The shooting took place 200 kilometers from Ouagadougou.

The shooter has been arrested by police for investigation, Kabore said.

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