Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Benin, Economy, Agricultural Sector

Population : Cheetahs are thought to be extinct outside of the tri-country national park in the north of Benin, the Park National du W, which adjoins Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin. In this park, a small population exists. Cheetahs also exist in and around Pendjari complexof protected areas in north west of Benin.
Agriculture Sector:
The problems in the agriculture sector arise from poor transport, inadequate storage, and the inability of the farmers to provide legal evidence of land ownershipas collateral for loans. Despite these difficulties, agriculture has expanded and developed since 1994 CFA franc devaluation. In 1997,a project was started to rejuvenate the collective farms costing US $ 5 million and employing 2000 people over 5 years. The project will be run by the private sector, with foreign management of some farms.
The oil palm is the most important tree crop in the south, and the oil it produces has a wide variety of uses in foodstuffs ( specially margarine) and in industry (specially soap). Output in the 1970s and 1980s , however, felldue to drought, the overvalued franc , and low world prices.
Cotton , the main export, is ,normally grown, in
the north. Higher producer prices after 1994
devaluation boosted output to 15,000 metric tons of lint in the 1997-98 season, though it fell again in1998-99
Food and livestock

Distribution of Livestck in Benin