Côte D'ivoire - Animal husbandry



Much of the country lies within tsetse-infested areas, and cattle are therefore concentrated in the more northerly districts. In 2001 there were an estimated 1,442,000 head of cattle (compared with 383,000 in 1968), 1,162,000 goats, 1,487,000 sheep, and 346,000 hogs. There are 31 million chickens; about 32,500 tons of eggs were produced in 2001. Milk production is small and there are no processing facilities so the milk is consumed fresh; production in 2001 was 25,000 tons.

In 2001, meat productions included (in tons): beef, 49,000; poultry, 65,000; pork, 11,000; and sheep and goat, 10,000. Nomadic production accounts for 47% of cattle herds and is mainly undertaken by non-Ivoirian herders. Settled herders are concentrated in the dry north, mainly in Korhogo, Ferkessedougon, Bouna, Boundali, Odienne, and Dabakala. Sheep and goat rearing is a secondary activity for many herders. Pork production is periodically affected by African swine fever; potential increases are limited by the fact that Muslims account for 40% of the population, and that unhygienic methods are widely used in traditional pig farming.

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