With Southeast Asia -- one of the world's major rubber-producing areas -- currently involved in war, the Republic of the Ivory Coast is steadily establishing itself as a substitute for the supply of this commodity.
With Southeast Asia -- one of the world's major rubber-producing areas -- currently involved in war, the Republic of the Ivory Coast is steadily establishing itself as a substitute for the supply of this commodity. Just ten years ago there were less then eleven thousand acres under rubber in the Ivory Coast. In 1965, the Government moved in an launched a large-scale campaign to boost rubber production. Now there are 26 thousand acres under rubber and production in 1969 amounted to almost nine thousand metric tons. Earnings amounted to about one million sterling.
SYNOPSIS: Just ten years ago there were only eleven thousand acres of land in the Republic of the Ivory Coast, planted under rubber...and most of that was owned by private enterprises.
But in 1965 the government, realising the importance of this currency-earning commodity, acquired three thousand acres of land near Abidjan and established rubber plantations.
In 1968, as a result of public response to the government's initiative an ever-increasing number of plantations were created and today the country has more than 26 thousand acres under rubber plantations.
Rubber output in 1969 amounted to almost nine thousand metric tons which earned the country about one million sterling.
The government also launched the construction of a rubber-processing plant and a special centre to train Ivorians in this work. A number of new development projects are on the drawing board for the western part of the country, including the creation of more than 60 thousand acres of rubber plantations.
The Government's ambition is to produce, by 1980, twenty three thousand metric tons of rubber every year in order to supply a tyre manufacturing factory it is planning to build in the area.
The government is also planning to build a new harbour in the western area to handle the increasing rubber trade.
After cocoa, coffee, timber, palm oil and pineapples, rubber will be the next major export produces of the Ivory Coast.