Democratic Republic of Congo


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AGRICULTURE

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the largets countries in Africa (2,345,409 km2). DRC offers a very good geographic configuration for agriculture. Irrigated by more than 30 rivers and thanks to 3 kinds of climates, all types of stock-farming and vegetables cultures may grow in Congo. The Congo river, second world powerful river, is an excellent fishing zone. Howewer, intensive agriculture, stock-farming and fishing are not well developped in Congo.


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

54 417

Agricultural population

33 355

Non agricultural population

21 062

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

22 800 000

Irrigated surface area

11 000

Number of farms

n.c.

Number of tractors

2 430

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Manioc 14974 1846 8114
Sugar cane 1522 41 37129
Plantains 1193 266 4492
Maize 1155 1483 779
Oil palm fruit 1092 250 4370

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Chickens 19769
Goats 4022
Pigs 959
Sheep 900
Cattle 757

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
n.c. 5 000 217 965

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT