Togo records surpluses, again, in the 2021-2022 agricultural season

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 13:08
Togo records surpluses, again, in the 2021-2022 agricultural season

(Togo First) - Like in the past years, Togo had an output surplus across several agricultural sub-sectors in the latest campaign. The ministry of agriculture, which disclosed the news, added that agricultural output increased by 3.56% overall.

In the cereal sector, there was a surplus of 179,000 t, including 159,000 t of corn. Roots and leguminous surpluses respectively stood at 751,700 t and 139,100 t. There was, however, a rice deficit of 88,000t over the period reviewed.

Togolese authorities explained that the surpluses, recorded despite the health crises and weather challenges, were due to the government’s efforts to boost production. Such efforts include subsidizing fertilizers sold at CFA12,500 (50 kg bag), supplying farmers with certified seeds, and building rural roads.

For the coming season, the government plans to develop lands, promote mechanization, and better water use.  It will also focus on developing animal rearing, funding farmers’ activities through the MIFA, and continuing to work on rural roads.

However, the 50-kg bag of fertilizer, subsidized by the government, will be sold at CFA18,000 in the 2022-2023 campaign.

Esaïe Edoh

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