December 31, 2015

2172 BENIN - Fruit market

The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. About half the population is engaged in agriculture, and traditional systems of internal trade still function to move food from one area to another. Historically, women have played an important role in trade, and many women attempt to engage in commerce in addition to household or wage-earning labor.

Because many homes do not have refrigeration, most people go to the market several times a week to purchase food. Fruits are common in Benin, including mandarin oranges, oranges, bananas, kiwi, avocados, pineapples and peanuts. Located in the economical town of Benin named Cotonou, Dantokpa is the biggest market in Benin if not in West Africa.

About the stamps
The first stamp is one of a series of two issued in 2013 to mark the 100th Anniversary of President Sourou Migan Apithy. The second is one of the three issued on August 1st, 2010, with the occasion of The 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Sender: Taduvik Boukari
Sent from ??? (Benin), on 16.07.2015

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