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Madagascar: Robberies in vanilla plantations are increasing

While the harvest of vanilla is already in progress in various districts of the Island, theft from plantations which have not yet carried out harvest are multiplying in Madagascar.
The green vanilla now mostly traded on the local market at more than 25,000 ariary (6.98 euros) per kilo, attracts all covetousness of an illegal parallel market. Planters have already reported several million ariary in the aftermath of these repeated thefts.
As a reminder, Madagascar produces more than 60% of vanilla exported to every corner of the world. 80,000 farmers in Madagascar live in the intensive cultivation of this orchid fertilized by hand. A cottage industry that employs in the extensive plantations of North of the Island, at the heart of the humid tropics, a cheap workforce.


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