Cotton production in Côte d’Ivoire fell by 4% in the 2021-2022 campaign compared to the previous season, to 539,623 tons, due to both drought and a long rainy season, a announced Friday the Minister of Agriculture.
“The 2021-2022 production of 539,623 tonnes of seed cotton is down slightly by 4% compared to the 559.483 tonnes for the 2020-2021 campaign (…) linked to pockets of drought, but also to an extension of the rain,” said Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani.
The minister of the third African producer, behind Mali and Benin, is however counting on an increase in future production. It projects a production of just over 570,000 tonnes for the 2022-2023 campaign.
For the 2022-2023 campaign, the purchase price for producers was set at 310 FCFA/kg (47 euro cents) against 300 FCFA, one of the “highest prices in the West African sub-region in order to to stimulate them [producers] to produce more, ”assured the Minister.
The sector also benefited from a subsidy of 28.5 billion FCFA (approximately 43 million euros) in order to guarantee a minimum income for producers but also to allow the processing of these products in the country before export.