Togo’s new cotton campaign officially begins

Agriculture
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 16:27
Togo’s new cotton campaign officially begins

(Togo First) - Yesterday, May 19, the minister of agriculture, Noel Bataka, officially launched the 2020-2021 cotton campaign in Kara (412 km north of Lomé). 

According to the official, “it is imperative to increase sowing areas, boost output, productivity, and farmers’ income.” However, he stressed on the need to take into account current limitations that emerged due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “All actors will have to find adequate ways to protect themselves against the pandemic,” Bataka declared. 

During the previous campaign, the country’s annual output was down 15% due to low rainfalls. From 137,000 tons of white gold in 2018-2019, yields harvested last year stood at 116,000 tons. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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