Palm oil for connoisseurs
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CTA. 2003. Palm oil for connoisseurs. Spore 105. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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There s a premium market in Abidjan, Côte d Ivoire for traditionally produced red palm oil prices are double for oil from natural plantations.
There s a premium market in Abidjan, Côte d Ivoire for traditionally produced red palm oil prices are double for oil from natural plantations. It s called African oil , as opposed to so-called Sodepalm oil, and has a 20% share of the market. Ivorian housewives choose their oil on the basis of colour, clarity, fluidity, taste and texture. For them, traditional oils are the best and they go most for regional products from Man, the West and Danané. Since 1963 producers have been provided with improved varieties, with the oil having to be delivered to industrial mills. It is only since the privatisation of the palm oil sector in 1996 that the traditional sector has stepped out of the shadows (where agricultural researchers and policy-makers never saw it) and into the spotlight. A red spotlight, no doubt.