(Ecofin Agency) - During the 2018-19 season, Benin’s government plans to boost cotton output to 700,000 tons, up from the record level of 597,986 tons over 530,145 ha achieved a year earlier. This was announced June 14 by Tamou Gani Badou, head of the national federation of rural cotton growers’ cooperatives.
Main production area was Banikoara district which delivered 142,741 tons, about 24 percent of national output. For 2018-19, government announced a farm-gate price of CFA265/kg and CFA215/kg respectively for 1st and 2nd choice seed cotton. Let’s remind that Benin is the third African cotton producer behind Mali and Burkina Faso.