|F.J. Bessem's Cameroon pages|
The SODECOTON is a parastatal organisation operating in North Cameroon. Its official task is to
promote cotton cultivation among the peasants of North Cameroon, that is in the North and the
Far-North Provinces. Beyond this technical crop promotion, the SODECOTON has a more general
developmental policy, which is or was reflected in its involvement in integrated development
projects such as the Sud-Est Bénoué project.
|Seed cotton production|
The raw cotton is processed in the SODECOTON-owned ginneries, which are located throughout the cotton producing region of North Cameroon. Most of the processed cotton fibre is exported to several European, Asian and American markets, only 7% is sold locally to the CI.CAM (Cotonnière industrielle du Cameroun) textile mill, for the production of African prints, and other cloths. As a secondary product, cotton seed oil is processed in two oil presses located in Garoua and Maroua, with a yearly production of approximately 12,000,000 litres (1993/94). Although facing tough competition from cheaper palm oil, cotton seed oil is highly appreciated in Cameroon as cooking oil.
|Number of AVPs in Cameroon|
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Latest update February 7, 2000.