Togo: Grain output surges by 6.5% in three years

Thursday, 08 July 2021 13:56
Togo: Grain output surges by 6.5% in three years

(Togo First) - Togo produced more than 1.26 million metric tons (Mt) of grains in 2020, up from nearly 1.19 million metric tons in 2018 (+6.5%). The figures, disclosed by the BCEAO, only cover the corn, millet, and sorghum sector.  

In detail, the country’s corn output grew by 7% between 2018 and 2020 - from over 886,000 Mt to nearly 950,000 Mt (it passed 900,000 Mt in 2019). Corn, it should be noted, is the most consumed crop in Togo. 

Regarding millet and sorghum, which are mainly grown and consumed in the northern part of the country, growth in their combined output was less significant than corn but noticeable. From about 303,000 Mt in 2018, the figure increased by around 5% to 318,000 Mt in 2020 (and around 309,000 Mt in 2019). 

Across the WAEMU, shows the data from the BCEAO, corn production rose by 7.24% in three years. Burkina Faso was the crop’s leading producer in the region over the period, with an average output of 1.7 million Mt. 

For sorghum and millet, the region recorded an average production of nearly 14 million Mt in 2018-2020, with Niger as the leading producer. This country produced 40% of the region’s total millet and sorghum output in 2020 alone. 

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