New goals for the cotton sector in Ivory Coast

On October 7, 2021, the celebration of the 20 years of Intercoton, the Interprofessional Association of the Cotton Sector, began.

At the event, the Prime Minister announced his plans to make the Ivory Coast cotton sector the first in West Africa. “Côte d’Ivoire has become an important cotton pole in Africa, in particular the second largest producing country in West Africa… The 2021-2022 season promises to be historic, with a production of more than 580,000 tons. This result will be achieved by 132,000 producers in the sector. The state aims to make the cotton sector the first in West Africa, ”said Patrick Achi, the prime minister.

The annual yields of the sector have allowed producers to benefit from the support of the State, to sustain the purchase prices of cottonseed and to reduce the prices of producers’ inputs, among others. Thus, for the 2020-2021 season, production totaled 555,000 tonnes, with producers benefiting from state aid of 38 billion CFA francs.

Finally, the minister concluded his message by emphasizing the need to consolidate profits and increase productivity through a further transformation of agricultural wealth and a resurgence of the textile and clothing industry. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to promote and support all initiatives and continue to advance in the sector.