Cocoa pods could now be used to make soap and better composts for soil fertilizatio

According to them, beyond the sale of cocoa beans, pods long rejected, could now be used to make soap and better, composts for soil fertilization. Thus, to obtain organic soap of multiple therapeutic virtues, cocoa pods are reduced to ash and powder until a mixture with palm kernel oil to lead to the complete obtaining of soap.

Genius with these cocoa farmers who decided to add value and diversify their sources of income.

"The initiative is part of the development plan of our government which is promoting and the consumption of local products. We will promote it through the windows and fairs that will be organized throughout the territory", told to agridigitale , Kpevon Koffigan, executive director of the Federation of Unions of Coffee and Cocoa Producers.

An organic soap very popular in rural areas

For those who have already lived in the rural erea, the organic soap has the merit of relieving the tiredness of the body and makes some resistance to the body against various diseases. In traditional African environments, it is a popular soap and used in the treatment of some diseases of traditional medicine.

"Our grandparents have done it in the past under the traditional name Akoto. But here, we go further to add value to its production, and we have noticed that over time, these practices tend to disappear", said Eric Yebo, chairman of the monitoring committee of Etsonenyo cooperative in Tove Ati Aveneme.

"It is an all-organic soap with no chemical addition and above all, it is a medicinal soap", he says.

Towards a factory of Akoto

The growing demand for organic soap reassures promoters to dream bigger. They plan to really increase their income and have a common minimum vital for all members of the cooperative, go to the establishment of a small unit of manufacture of this soap.

"We produce several tons of pods per season and they are neglected in the field because we don't know what it could be used for.These pods become gites for insects.Our goal is to use the recipe of grandmother by making a soap that will be above other already on the local market", says Adja Yawa, Treasurer of the Etsonenyo cooperative.

FAO planned to support the project by a pilot phase  with two cooperatives, respectively Tove Ati Aveneme and Agou-gadjagan with a financing of 5.5 million CFA each.

"This funding allows us to pay the oil that will be used for the preparation of the soap since we don't produce it ourselves, order the molds, buy the packaging and set up a good distribution circuit" says Komlankuma Eku, president of the Agblegnon cooperative in Agou-gadjagan.

The two pilot cooperatives bring together about 60 women. They were equipped this week on the best soap preparation techniques.

In addition to organic soap, these cooperatives are also very advanced in setting up a compost with the same cocoa pods for soil fertilization. A noble challenge that they are ready to reach no matter the price.

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