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Hershey GPS mapping program to help increase cocoa yields

By - Last modified: April 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The Hershey Co. has unveiled a GPS mapping initiative to help cocoa farmers increase yields as part of the Hershey Learn To Grow Farm Program in Ghana, according to a news release.

The Derry Township-based chocolate maker earlier this year announced the program as part of its $10 million commitment to reduce child labor and improve cocoa supply in West Africa.

The mapping will help farmers better manage and plan their cocoa farms to increase yields and their incomes, according to the release.

Understanding the actual size of farms helps to make best use of the latest planting, pruning and fertilizer techniques for maximum yield and sustainability, the release stated.

Shares of Hershey are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HSY.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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