Togo: Cotton output drops again

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 03:12
Togo: Cotton output drops again

(Togo First) - During the 2021-2022 cotton season, Togo had an output of 50,000 t, against 130,000 t expected. This is about 25% lower than the 66,000 t recorded in 2020-2021, according to the sector’s actors. 

This year, 74,000 ha of arable lands were used, instead of the 193,000 ha announced when the season began.

The sector’s regulator, Nouvelle Société Cotonnière du Togo (NSCT), said there was a drop because farmers turned away from white gold to soybeans since the latter was more profitable.

For this new 2022-2023 campaign, the objective is to plant 180,000 ha for a production of 146,000 t of cotton.

To reverse the situation, NSCT took several measures to draw farmers towards cotton. Among others, it increased the price of first and second choice seed cotton. During the new campaign, these will be sold at CFA300 and CFA280 per kilogram, compared to CFA265 and CFA225 previously. 

The company expects farmers to cultivate 180,000 ha and produce 146,000 t of cotton in the 2022-2023 campaign.

Esaïe Edoh 

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