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Through our cotton Out Grower Scheme and Farmer Assistance Scheme, we provide quality inputs to loyal farmers on credit, that enable them to multiply their yield.

Ensuring plenty in cotton country.

Nigeria and its neighbourhood can indeed be called cotton country. Blessed with just the right soil, climate, and natural abundance of other necessities for the growing of the crop, and since the turn of the century, has been a viable alternative source of cotton after the United States. Cotton is also the means to prosperity for several thousand farmers in the region, who reap the dividends of global demand.

West African Cotton Company Limited is one of the largest producers and exporters of cotton in the region. Engaged in cotton ginning, selling of cotton lint to textile mills, export of cotton lint, gin motes and textile mill wastes, the company leads the way forward, meeting the burgeoning need for cotton year on year and ushering the rewards of success for farmers and others in the industry.

West African Cotton Company Limited has its ginnery (Continental Eagle) in Funtua, Kastina State in the heart of cotton growing area of Nigeria and has a capacity for over 50,000 metric tons of seed cotton per season. Through its subsidiary the company has a second Roller Ginning factory in Gombe, North Eastern Nigeria, with 36 Double Roller Gins and a High Density Bale press with Capacity for 25000mt.

Turning farmers into Outgrowers

Agriculture in Nigeria accounts for more than 30% of GDP, thus it is the largest contributor to the Nigerian economy. Rapid growth in agriculture is essential for broad based economic growth. However, without the adoption of efficient and cost effective methods of agro-production, science based growth in agriculture cannot be achieved.

The company considers its own growth and success to be linked with that of each of the farmers and labour hands in the region. Hence, nearly two decades, Wacot has been nurturing and supporting the farmers in the region in numerous ways. Through our cotton Out Grower Scheme and Farmer Assistance Scheme, we provide quality inputs to loyal farmers on credit, that enable them to multiply their yield. The purpose of the schemes is to enhance the yield and quality of the cotton lint and to ensure that the cotton reaches the ginnery without contamination. Through the outgrower schemes we have been able to reach farmers in over 12000 hectares with support in terms of finance, improved seed and other natural and logistics inputs that help them get the best out of their crop.

A part of the TGI Group

West African Cotton Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary company of Tropical General Investments Limited, a reputed group founded by European investors. The group is well diversified into Agro Allied, manufacturing and trading operations in Nigeria, Benin Republic and Ghana.

Making progress, our business.

As of today, Nigeria is experiencing a dearth when it comes to the agricultural input market, which is fragmented and under developed. We see the private sector playing the key role in meeting this dearth – supplying agricultural inputs in a cost effective manner. With this as our mission, WACOT has developed an efficient distribution system to supply new, quality agric input products in the country. And we have made tremendous progress, through our strategy of promoting science based agriculture among millions of small farmers by supplying quality Agri inputs.

Under the programme " OUR ENDEAVOR - A HAPPY AND PROGRESSIVE FARMER" we have introduced more than 20 crop protection products - Insecticides, Herbicides, and Fungicides, which reach the farmers at the required time through a well defined and dedicated dealers network throughout the country.

We also work closely with community based farmer group's and various national and international non- govt organisations to ensure the betterment of the people we come in contact with.

Commercial Seed Multiplication.

Non-availability of quality planting seeds is a major impediment in achieving good yields in developing countries. Therefore there is tremendous potential for Commercial Seed Multiplication Enterprise. Realising the market potential, West African Cotton Co. Ltd has made a foray into Commercial Seed Multiplication business in partnership with National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) and Agricultural Research Institutes.

In the Core of Agric Business

  • Commercial Seed Multiplication
  • Farm Mechanisation
  • Agro chemicals / Crop protection / yield enhancement
  • Farmers Training
  • Agricultural Produce Processing and Marketing

Farm Mechanisation

Conventional farming using ox driven implement is a common feature in most developing countries including Nigeria. The scale of mechanised agriculture is very low.

Considering the emphasis and the incentive provided by different tiers of government for agricultural mechanisation, West African Cotton Co. Ltd has put up a Tractor Assembly Plant in collaboration with Escorts Ltd, India, one of the pioneers in manufacture of tractors and implements.

Training

A Training school attached to Tractor Assembly Plant provides training to farmers on effective usage, repair and maintenance of Tractor.

West African Cotton Co. Ltd also holds periodic training workshops for farmers on Benefits of Scientific Farming.