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Quality control by the determination of heavy metals in new variety of cocoa (cocoa mercedes) in Côte d’Ivoire. , Yapo, Kicho Denis, and Ouffoue Sébastien Koffi , Journal de la Société Ouest-Africaine de Chimie , 06/2014, Côte d’Ivoire, p.64, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Sustainable Cocoa. The Netherlands and the International Cocoa Sector, , World Cocoa Conference - The Netherlands, 09/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
COMPLIANCE OF AGROCHEMICAL MARKETERS WITH BANNED COCOA PESTICIDES IN SOUTHWEST NIGERIA , Mokwunye, Idongesit U., and al Folaranmi D. Babalol , Journal of Agricultural sciences, 05/2014, Volume 59, Issue 2, Nigeria, (2014) , (Practical Publication)

Alert regarding the illegal movement of Cocoa planting material and Cocoa Germplasm

TitleAlert regarding the illegal movement of Cocoa planting material and Cocoa Germplasm
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
Date Published04/2014
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Executive Director presents his compliments and has the honour to inform Members and Observers that the attention of the ICCO Secretariat has been drawn to attempts by individuals to move cocoa planting material and cocoa germplasm from one cocoa growing region/country to another without undergoing the necessary procedures established for such a delicate exercise.

While recognizing the need to address the issue of sustainable cocoa supply in a reasonable timeframe, the Executive Director would like to stress that attempts to do so in an unethical and unprofessional way pose a serious danger to the global cocoa economy and may have long-term catastrophic consequences as exogenous cocoa pests and pathogens could be deliberately or inadvertently spread from one region to another. Currently, cocoa pests and diseases already account for up to 40% of global losses in cocoa production annually and this figure should not climb higher.

The threat of spread of endogenous and exogenous cocoa pests and diseases is real and remains a major challenge to sustainable cocoa production. While recognizing the importance of germplasm exchange and movement for research purposes and for cocoa productivity improvement, it is critical to note that all necessary and recommended precautions must be observed to significantiy reduce the risks of transferring pests and diseases from one cocoa growing region to another.



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