I took this photo at a cotton factory about twenty kilometers south of Ketou. At this factory, the fiber from the cotton balls are made into sheets of cloth, which are then exported to Europe.
The seeds of the cotton balls are kept as a byproduct. These are made into oil, much like any other vegetable oil and consumed locally.
Cotton is one of the few products that Benin is able to export internationally. Like many West Africa nations, however, Benin has had a rough time making this industry profitable. A significant part of the problem is that cotton prices on the international market are kept artificially low because of subsidies to cotton producers in the world's affluent nations.
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CatherineD (4864) 2008-02-10 14:06
Excellent shot Caleb. Good sharpness and colours. I like also your note, which illustrate very well the problem of the African cotton peasants.
baclama (17245) 2008-02-23 12:01
j'aime beaucoup ces rangées de sacs infinies dans ces couleurs chaudes...
la profondeur de champ est tres bonne ainsi que la luminosité...
Ta note est tres interressante en montrant un probleme africain de plus!!!
bartolomucci (756) 2008-03-28 0:54
SUPER TES SACS DE COTON ,BRAVO , GIANCARLO
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-05-30 5:39
I really like the capture of this simple subject. It has lots of texture, show much depth and has great lighting.
clic (13922) 2012-05-31 12:05
Note instructive et photo bien réussie qui me rappelle la légende de l'avare Séraphin Poudrier qui cachait ses pièces d'or au grenier parmi l'avoine contenue dans tels sacs de jute!
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (1028)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-05
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FX-01
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Benin, Un-forgotten
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 10:57