Togo: New Soybean Production Campaign Begins

Wednesday, 03 July 2024 17:11
Togo: New Soybean Production Campaign Begins

(Togo First) - Togo officially launched its 2024-2025 soybean production campaign last week in Guérin-Kouka, in the Dankpen prefecture. The CIFS, the body overseeing the industry, organized the launching ceremony. This year, the event’s theme is "Mechanization of soybean production, a factor in increased productivity ".

At the ceremony, the CIF’s boss, Komlan Kadzakadè, said the body learned from the previous campaigns. "We are determined to overcome the challenges encountered to increase our productivity further," he said

Several steps were taken to achieve this goal, including improving access to quality seeds, strengthening producers' technical capabilities, and extending storage and processing infrastructure.

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Alex Kpanté Bouab, Director of Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Financing at the Ministry of Agriculture, stressed the importance of producing and processing soybeans locally to create jobs and generate wealth.

"The soybean sector is not only a significant source of foreign currency for our country but also plays a crucial role in our food security and industrialization," he said.

Togo produced 260,000 tons of soybeans in 2023, against less than 25,000 tonnes in 2015. The country currently is the European Union’s biggest soybean supplier.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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