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Ivory Coast targets higher cotton output
Jun '11
Ivory Coast has set a target to produce at least 200,000 tons of cotton during 2011-12. To attract new producers, the Government has increased the price paid to cotton growers by 26 percent for the current season.

The price paid to farmers for premium-quality cotton has been increased from 210 CFA francs a kg paid during 2010-11 season to 265 francs or US$ 0.59 a kg.

In the 2010-11 cotton season that ended last month, Ivory Coast produced 174,000 tons of cotton, which was 15 percent below initial forecasts, mainly owing to heavy rainfall in October and November.

According to the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture Service, Ivory Coast is the eighth-largest cotton producing country in Africa. Cotton is cultivated mainly in the country's arid region in the north, where the harvesting of cotton normally peaks around November.

Editor's note-The increase in support price to cotton farmers is a good step taken by the Government, as it would not only boost the cotton yield but also give more returns to farmers.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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