Togo: Government aims for 4 million Agri-Pme beneficiaries by 2030

Agriculture
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:58
Togo: Government aims for 4 million Agri-Pme beneficiaries by 2030

(Togo First) - Togolese government plans to reach up to 4 million vulnerable farmers and users with its Agri-Pme scheme by 2030, sources at the digital economy department said.

Seen as an ‘e-wallet’, this system launched in 2016 enables any vulnerable farmer to directly get subsidized fertilizers without any middleman. “The initiative focuses on supporting farmers and integrating them into the (country’s) economic life,” said Cina Lawson, minister of posts, digital economy and technological innovations. The implementation of this program, the official said, ‘gradually establishes a farmer data base.’

Since it was launched, Agri-Pme has well expanded reaching more than 250,000 farmers to date. It gathers both distributors and farmers via an e-wallet system to facilitate agricultural input purchase. Overall, 180,000 vulnerable producers have already received subsidies under this project and the line ministry aims to double this number this year.

Séna Akoda

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