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Main Food Suppliers
The leading products in Central African Republic’s grain production are corn and sorghum. Central African Republic produced 90,000 tons of wheat in the 2015/16 season.. Sorghum production of country is around 25-50,000tons.
Central African Republic’s economy is predominantly based on agriculture and mine exports. Although the country has fertile lands and abundant water resources, production remains low. However, agricultural production and production in other fields are also important for the Central African Republic, which does not have access to the sea.
According to FAO data, Central African Republic does not export wheat flour. Import figures of country, which supply consumption with imports, also show a decline. Central African Republic imported between 18,000 and 35,000 tons of wheat flour between 2010 and 2013. The wheat flour import of the country was estimated at25,000 tons in 2010 and this amount increased to 30,000 tons in 2011. The wheat flour import, which increased to 35,000 tons in 2012, decreased to 18,000 tons (50 per cent reduction) in 2013.
Details about MAÏSCA are provided in the section describing milling factories in the Central African Republic.
HUSACA (Huilerie, Savonnerie Centrafricaine) is a private company specialised in the production of edible oil and soaps. Its factory is located at Bimbo, within the same compound as MAÏSCA. HUSACA produces oil from cotton seed. MAÏSCA and HUSACA is the same company.
Fortification of the oil: It should be mentioned that the oil produced by HUSACA is not fortified with vitamins A and D. However, the company has the technical expertise to install a fortification unit.
- Daily grinding capacity: 20 mt of cotton seed
- Daily oil production capacity: 2 mt
- Cost: 675,000 XAF/MT
SUCAF (Sucrerie Centrafricaine)
SUCAF RCA was set up after SOGESCA was privatized in 2003. The site is located in Ngakobo, 286 miles north-east of Bangui, in the Province of Ouaka, covering a 12,693 acre area. Central African law corporation set up in 2003 with a capital of CFA 6,243,460,000 (EUR 21,723,985). Monthly production is 1300 mt from November to May. 1000 mt monthly are transported from Ngakobo to Bangui at the cost of 42500 CFA per 30 mt truck.
VEGETABLE OIL COMPANY: CENTRAPALM
The “Centrafricaine des Palmiers (Centrapalm)” is about 50 km from Bangui. Founded in August 1987 for the production, refining and sale of palm oil, industrial and domestic, with a palm grove of 2500 ha at the beginning; it was sold as one of the jewels of the national industry. In 2009-2010 the palm grove reduced its area from 2500 to 1000 hectares to only 594 ha. At the beginning, 30,000 tons of oil was produced per year, only 156 tons per year.
CENTRAPALM is experiencing recurring financial difficulties, because of the aforementioned reasons, but also old palm plantations (400 hectares of which are under water). In addition, it has been hit hard by the strong competitiveness of products imported from othercountries.
LOCAL FOOD SUPPLIERS
There are also suppliers of sorghum, rice, beans in the west part of the country. Those suppliers are registered as cooperatives, federations and associations.
Additional Operational Support
Considering relatively poor economic context, it is impossible to carry out large (local) purchases of non-food items in the Central African Republic. An alternative solution is to purchase NFIs from Cameroon.
It is not possible to purchase NFIs outside the town of Bangui.