Mango production in Togo: Latest figures show improved production

Saturday, 16 January 2021 02:42
Mango production in Togo: Latest figures show improved production

(Togo First) - From 340,000 tons in 2018, Togo’s mango production increased to 370,000 tons in 2019. The 8.8% rise was reported by the Official Portal of the Togolese Republic. 

Over the period, yield per hectare grew from 3.7 to 4.5 tons. In Togo, the mango fruit is grown over a little more than 1,500 hectares in total, with the most cultivated varieties being the Kent, Palmer, Eldon, and Somnole. 

Both exported and consumed locally raw, the fruit is also processed despite major progress still to be made in this area. Indeed, there are only 10 processing units in the country. In 2019, Togo processed 2,200 tons of mangoes, up 22% compared to the year before (1,800 tons). 

The sector struggles with many challenges including a low level of training of farmers, difficulties to access the production factors, great losses in output, insufficient storage, and a lack of appropriate equipment for processing. This, despite the availability of land for production, an existing local market, and high external demand (especially for grafted mangoes). 

In 2019, producers got support from the MIFA to secure an export market for their yield. In December that year, the national federation of mango producers’ cooperatives (FNCPM) and the national federation of mango sellers and exporters (FNCEM) merged into the Interprofessional Council for Mango (CIF-Mangue). This aims to bolster production by ensuring better organization in the sector. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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