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Subsidies boost Togo’s crop production and fertiliser consumption

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Togo’s agricultural output has been boosted by government measures which resulted in surplus crop production in 2021. Image credit: Flicr.

Subsidies boost Togo’s crop production and fertiliser consumption

Government intervention in Togo’s agriculture sector has yielded results as Togo’s farmers saw increased production of most crops last year, despite many challenges. These measures have also resulted in an increased demand for fertiliser.     

According to the Togo Ministry of Agriculture, grain recorded a surplus of 179,000 tonnes, including 159,000 tonnes of maize alone. Tubers recorded a surplus of 751,700 tonnes and pulses a little over 139,000 tonnes.

According to the Ministry, these results are mainly due to initiatives by government to increase production. Last year, the Togo government decided to subsidise 50kg bags of fertiliser for the 2021-2022 season.

Despite soaring world prices, the government set the price of a 50kg bag at USD20.30, well below the prevailing prices in the West African sub-region.

This intervention resulted in the increased use of fertilisers. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, the amount of fertilisers consumed nationally was more than 21% higher than the annual average for the 2015 to 2020 period, reaching more than 60% in the Savanes region.

More than 80,000 tonnes of biofertilisers, improved and certified seeds and urea, were delivered to farmers from more than 450 approved sales points in order to combat smuggling.

With recent geopolitical tensions, unforeseen weather conditions, and extreme weather events pushing fertiliser prices further into the green, government has extended the subsidies on fertiliser for another year.

Strengthening Togo’s agricultural sector is a top priority for government in the face of climate change, soaring world food prices and geopolitical tensions. Earlier this year, Faure Essozimna Gnassingé said that the subsidies will be bolstered by additional measures to support the country’s farmers.

“Because the structural transformation of our agriculture remains an essential pillar of our development policy, it will be pursued by setting up an agricultural transformation agency and by restructuring and increasing the intervention capacity of the incentive mechanism from agricultural financing,” said Gnassingé.

He added that particular attention will be paid to mechanisation and irrigation, land management, farming development and the financing of certain activities of agricultural producers.

The government stated in a recent statement that its intention is to increase productivity gains by 10% a year until 2025. Togo’s agriculture accounts for more than 40% of GDP, over 60% of the country’s workforce is employed in agriculture, and farming areas take up close to 60% of the country’s land area.

Subsidies boost Togo’s crop production and fertiliser consumption

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