1.5 million people cultivate maize in Togo

Monday, 02 September 2019 09:32
1.5 million people cultivate maize in Togo

(Togo First) - Togo produced during the 2018-2019 agricultural season 886,630 metric tons of maize, making it the country’s first food crop.

According to the Office of Agricultural Statistics which disclosed the data, nearly a million and half people cultivate the crop.

In addition to being consumed by households (rural and urban), maize is also a major source of income. Indeed, it generates a net average income of XOF223,000 per ha. This makes it Togo’s primary agricultural source of income after cash crops (coffee, cocoa, cotton and soybeans).

In Togo, maize is grown over more than 700,000 ha, that is 40% of all lands dedicated to crop farming. Since the 1990s, maize output has been on the raise, with peaks recorded in the northern regions especially.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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