Togo : Outputs of cash crops rose significantly in 2010-2018

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:40
Togo : Outputs of cash crops rose significantly in 2010-2018

(Togo First) - Between 2010 and 2018, Togo’s cotton output rose from 27,000 tons to 137,255 tons. This is due to the restructuring of the sector following the creation of Nouvelle société cotonnière du Togo (NSCT), and the establishment of a national federation of cotton farmers. 

While cotton greatly boosted the Togolese economy over the period reviewed, it is not the only cash crop to have played this role. Indeed, official data indicates that outputs of coffee and cocoa increased by 72% and 107%, respectively, between 2012 and 2018. In detail, the country produced 19,076 tons of coffee in 2018, against 10,843 tons in 2012. As for cocoa, in 2018, it was estimated at 12,674 tons (against 6,126 tons in 2012). 

These results were registered in a context where the country’s agricultural sector recorded an average growth of 6% per year in 2010-2018, with a peak of 14.32% in 2014. 

Though it welcomes these performances, public authorities now want to boost access to financing for local agricultural actors (through initiatives such as the MIFA), and invest more in processing.

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