CÃ´te dâIvoire employs non-soil farming techniques
Jan 24, 2011
Despite the hike in food prices resulting from the Ivory Coast's political stalemate, research is underway to meet the country's food production needs by employing hydroponic, or non-soil, farming techniques.
Business Daily reports that the independent Agribusiness and Contract Farming House is working to develop these techniques, which could allow farmers the opportunity to produce multiple harvests per year while increasing their incomes and chipping away at the food deficit. In lieu of soil, farmers use cocoa fibers, sawdust, wood chips, and material left over from cocoa and coffee production.
According to the news source, the Ivory Coast's current vegetable production is at roughly 60 percent of what it should be in order to satisfy consumer needs.
One farmer who used the technique reaped four to five tons of tomatoes during his first season for which he saw a profit of $5,500, and expects to yield roughly six tons in the future.
IRIN News reports that the same sack of rice that cost $26 before the election crisis now costs $35 in some parts of Côte d’Ivoire.