Togo: Livestock production was up last year

Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:41
Togo: Livestock production was up last year

(Togo First) - Togo produced more livestock last year than it did in 2020. The ministry of agriculture reported this in its 2021-2022 agricultural campaign review.

Over the period, poultry output grew by 8%, from about 28,219,000 heads in 2020 to 30,672,748 in 2021. As for sheep output, it rose from 1,765,949 to 1,878,669 heads, thus translating a 6% increase, from one year to the other.

The number of goats was also up: from 4,645,936 heads to 5,049,604 heads (+8%). The increase was less significant for cattle and pigs. The respective outputs of these two increased by 2%, reaching 473,582 for cattle and 1,129,336 for pigs.

The Minister of Agriculture attributes the increases to “better control of epizootics through vaccination campaigns.” He then lauded the performance which was recorded amidst “hazards associated with the Covid-19 health crisis.”

In Togo, husbandry contributed 16.5% of the agricultural GDP and over 6.7% of its national GDP in 2017. The figures were disclosed in an FAO report titled “Review of the livestock/meat and dairy value chains and the policies influencing them in West Africa”.

Esaïe Edoh

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