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Cocoa players' mergers pose risk to farmers

They reduce farmers' bargaining power, threaten sector's future by lowering incomes, say growers

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A SPATE of corporate mergers between major cocoa and chocolate players could reduce farmers' choices and bargaining power, lowering incomes to levels that could threaten the sector's future, growers and campaigners warned on Friday.

Abidjan

A SPATE of corporate mergers between major cocoa and chocolate players could reduce farmers' choices and bargaining power, lowering incomes to levels that could threaten the sector's future, growers and campaigners warned on Friday.

"We could face a kind of monopolistic