New peanut varieties introduced in Togo

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:40
New peanut varieties introduced in Togo

(Togo First) - To valorize its peanut sector, Togo adopted earlier this year, new, more productive varieties. A total of 13 varieties from the Mali-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and four from the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA) were in effect introduced and tested in Togo. 

These varieties’ seeds are certified and have a guaranteed 45% yield rate, according to the Togolese Institute of Agronomic Research (ITRA). The institute also notes that “peanut varieties grown in Togo give low yields.” For the 2020-2021 agricultural campaign, it adds, the country had a low output, which stood at 43,407 tons.

As part of efforts to modernize the sector, twenty (20) processing units have been installed and are operational; they produce an average of 15 t of oil per month.

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