Cassava: Two new transformation units projected in Tokpo and Atigbe

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 17:16
Cassava: Two new transformation units projected in Tokpo and Atigbe

(Togo First) - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will spend CFA50 million to set up two cassava production and transformation facilities in the villages of Tokpo and Atigbe. 

The project will empower the women of these communities and foster local development, said Aliou Dia, Resident Representative of the UNDP in Togo. Dia, who talked with the women, added that they are having great issues in valorizing the activity. 

Let it be recalled that some months ago, a starch factory was commissioned in the Plateaux region, and five cassava processing units were also installed in Vo.  

The more the better? 

Cassava is one of the most grown agricultural product in Togo; the country produced 1,140,200 t in 2020 (BCEAO), which is 20,000 t more than in 2019. Every year, a surplus of about 400,000 t is recorded. 

Paradoxical with this excessive supply of the tuber, prices of its derived products, gari and tapioca being the main ones, keep rising. For example, in local markets, a bowl of gari currently sells for CFA1,200, up from CFA1,000 recently and CFA600 before that. 

Regardless, the ministry of agriculture is mustering efforts to further increase cassava production. 

Octave Bruce & Klétus Situ

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