Covid-19 has a low impact on the fertilizer market in Togo (African Fertilizer)

Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:21
Covid-19 has a low impact on the fertilizer market in Togo (African Fertilizer)

(Togo First) - The impact of Covid-19 on the fertilizer market in Togo is “limited”, according to recent evaluations by African Fertilizer, a strategy firm specialized in the fertilizer and agribusiness sector (and partner of Development Gateway and AFRIQOM). 

The organization has developed an interactive map that assesses the overall impact of the pandemic on the fertilizer market in Africa. The tool categorizes the virus’ impacts on the following four levels: “Low or none”, “Limited”, “Moderate”, “Strong”, “No data.” 

Port still active with a continued supply

While the overall impact on the country’s fertilizer market is limited, the pandemic has a low impact on port activities with “operation still on without any restriction” according to African Fertilizer. 

Regarding domestic transport, it registered a limited impact with a resumption of free circulation and transit of goods (except via land borders which remain closed). For access to agro-input, Covid-19’s impact on the latter is low with “distribution and acquisition of agricultural inputs still ongoing”.  

Regional impact

At the regional level, the fertilizer market is little affected by the pandemic, except in a few countries, like Nigeria which records a “severe fertilizer shortage.” 

Concerning port activity in the region, most of the ports remain active whereas land borders are closed, except for goods. 

Let it be highlighted that African Fertilizer’s initiative is financially backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the USAID. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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