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cake and shells; furthering all crops (maize, sor- ghum, soya...) subject to rotations with cotton.
Their number is about 5000 people, of which 2000 permanent staff, 2500 to 3000 seasonal and temporary staff a year.
A close partnership with the National Association of Cotton Producers CNPC-C, which monitors more than 250 000 farmers organized into 2000 CIGs, 48 CIGs trade unions, 9 CIGs federations.
• Nine (9) ginning factories with a cumulated capacity for processing of 320 000 tons of seed cotton a year for 121 000 tons of fibre;
• Two (2) oil mills, with a cumulated capacity for crushing of 120 000 tons of cotton seed a year; production of edible varies between 14 and 19 million litres and 60 to 70 000 tons of feed a year;
• A fleet of nearly 500 rolling stock made up of light-duty vehicles, trucks and other heavy machi- nery;
• The creation of several economic activities;
• 7000 km of rural roads maintained during the
2017-2018 agricultural campaign;
• 2400 bush stores created for input storage;
• A scientific partnership with IRAD, a research institute.
Figures: The agro-industrial flagship of the nor- thern regions of Cameroon accounted for 120 billion during the 2016-2017 cotton season for a net gain of 4.3 billion CFA F. Sales forecasts of all its products, for the 2017-2018 financial year, are around 140 billion CFA F, for an esti- mated seed cotton production of 255,000 tons.
Owing to the poor state of its industrial facilities and rolling stock, SODECOTON suffered a severe infrastructure crisis from 2014 to 2016. With the coming of a new management team, it has entered a recovery phase with a joint support from the State and player for development. For the first time for more than 15 years, the company has succeeded reorganizing its functional strategy to convey and gin its entire production, that is 254 400 tons before the return of the rains, in such a way to avoid cotton moisture and huge losses: An evidence that the main agribusiness of the nor- thern Cameroon is gaining a new lease of life.
The most significant initiatives to point out include:
• The purchase of forty (40) poly-skips trucks to collect cotton seed from the fields to the factories;
• Two (2) loans obtained from financial institu- tions for the modernization and the increase in the mills’ capacities;
• A loan granted by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to purchase two civil engineering caravans;
• The purchase of power generators to render the factories self-sustainable with regards to elec- tricity power;
• An 80% upgrading of the industrial facilities;
• An increase of mills’ capacities;
• A remobilization of staff through social actions (housing allowance and the categorization of truck drivers)
• Effective commercial policies (different oil pro- ducts are successful on the market).
The State’s strategic objective being set at 400 000 tons of seed cotton by 2021, a three-year recovery plan in the process of implementation was approved during the board of directors mee- ting on November 29, 2017. SODECOTON was then authorized to look for funding to carry out the investment and actions of great impor- tance, which include among others:

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