A new hope in the heart of Côte d’Ivoire. Cotton cultivation is spreading in the country. Since 2019, Côte d’Ivoire is in 3rd place in terms of cotton production after Mali and Benin.
This sector continues to expand every year. In 2018/2019, the cultivated areas were 382,000 ha. Then they agreed up to 408,000 ha in 2019/2020. And then in the last harvest, up to 410,000 ha in 2020/2021. Yields in these years have gone from 520 tons per hectare, then 528 and then 531t/ha.
According to Kouakou Brou, Executive Secretary of Aprocot-Ci (Association professionnelle des Sociétés Cotonnières de Côte d’Ivoire), the country estimates that it will sow 580,000 tons of cotton seed on 460,000 hectares of cultivated land in the 2021/2022 harvest period. During the last harvest, in 2020/2021, the expected production was 520,000 tons, which exceeded the estimate and reached 558,000 tons.
This culture is at the moment, carried out by about 132,000 cotton farmers. The stability of the price has pushed them to engage in this field. If previously, the kilo of Cotton was 265 CFA francs in 2018/2019, since 2019/2020 until today, it is 300 CFA francs.
The massive participation of people in this sector is expected to increase the production rate in the country to 4% in the next harvest, 2021/2022.
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