Togo gets 6,000 tons of fertilizer from Japan, valued at CFA2.5 billion

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 15:26
Togo gets 6,000 tons of fertilizer from Japan, valued at CFA2.5 billion

(Togo First) - Togo received yesterday, 25 April, 6,000 tons of fertilizer from Japan. The fertilizer, which is worth CFA2.5 billion is to help the African nation boost its rice output. 

The donation was sealed with agreements signed in the presence of the Togolese minister of agriculture, Antoine Lekpa Gbegbeni, and Japan’s ambassador who is based in Abidjan, Katsuya Ikkatai.

"This very salutary support will help improve, for the 2023-2024 agricultural season, agricultural productivity and yield in rice farms. It comes at the right time in a context where the global supply of fertilizer has been disrupted by the impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict," Antoine Lekpa Gbegbeni said.

For his part, the Japanese ambassador said the donation materializes his country’s commitments at the recent TICAD in Tunis. "Our assistance today, is the concretization of the commitments expressed by Japan and it is, moreover, fully consistent with Togo’s 2025 roadmap, the development guideline of the Togolese government," said Katsuya Ikkatai.

Currently, the two partners are in talks with bilateral partners to ensure that Japan supplies Togo with fertilizer every year.

In December 2022, Japan supported Togo with a CFA1.75 billion financing package and 2,748 tons of rice to bridge its rice deficit and boost food security in the country.  Ambassador Ikkatai was also present when the stock was delivered.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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