Côte d’Ivoire is the largest exporter of natural rubber in Africa and our team at Société Agro Industrielle de la Comoe (SAIC) sources naturally coagulated or cup lump rubber from over 2,000 smallholder farmers and members of cooperatives.
Our ISO 9001 certified processing facility in Aniassué is fed by four buying units across the country. We manufacture two grades of top quality technically specified rubber, sold under the commercial names SAC10 and SAC20 to international customers. Our processing capacity is 21,000 metric tonnes and is operated by 150 full time employees.
There are two financial pinch points for rubber farmers – April, when they need fresh tools for tapping and September, when fees and books are required for the new school term. The “Gousassou” programme – which translates to ‘bonus’ – supports farmers with materials such as tapping tools and school kits. Previous awards have included motorbikes, tricycles and safety boots.
As part of our commitment to support farmer livelihoods, we map our smallholders land. We overlay agri information such as the number of trees and their age, with social factors like the number of children and access to clean water, healthcare and education. Information is collated on our own technology platform,
We help farmers to improve yields, minimise environmental impact and improve livelihoods through tailored plans. For our businesses and customers, we can mitigate risks, estimate future production and predict the properties of the harvested latex.