ABIDJAN, May 30 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast produced over 400,000 tonnes of cotton during the 2017/18 season and is set to maintain production at levels from before civil war broke out in 2002, the government said on Wednesday.
The total yield of 412,646 tonnes for the May-to-April season is a 26 percent increase over the 2016/17 season and output is expected to jump to 442,800 tonnes next season, government spokesman Bruno Kone told reporters.
He added that the country would maintain its government-mandated price of 265 CFA francs ($0.4558) per kilogramme.
A decade of political crisis following a 2002-03 civil war halved production from about 400,000 tonnes previously. While output peaked at 450,000 tonnes in the 2014/15 season, it has since languished at about 300,000 tonnes.
The government has said it aims to hit 600,000 tonnes of production by 2020, although low international prices have forced the government to subsidise payments to farmers. ($1 = 581.3800 CFA francs) (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly Writing by Sofia Christensen Editing by Aaron Ross/David Evans)