Togo Wants to Produce 10,000 t of Fonio by 2028

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 12:08
Togo Wants to Produce 10,000 t of Fonio by 2028

(Togo First) - Togo is cooking up a plan to ramp up its fonio output in the coming years, to 10,000 t exactly by 2028. 

"The overall goal is to double current production to at least 10,000 tonnes of quality paddy fonio, to meet both local and external demand by 2028,” says the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development, in its Investment Action Plan for the Fonio Sector (2024-2028).

The plan should cost a little over CFA5 billion to implement. The State and its partners will mobilize the funds.

The plan's strategic axes are: improving production capacity (Axis 1), supporting processing (Axis 2), marketing (Axis 3), supporting the organization and governance of the sector (Strategic Axis 4); and finally, coordination and monitoring-evaluation (Strategic Axis).

According to the country’s Office of Agricultural Statistics, Togo produced 4,471 t of fonio during the 2022-2023 agricultural campaign. Fonio is the fifth most consumed cereal in the country (after corn, sorghum, millet, and rice).

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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