In Togo, the production of cereals, tubercles and vegetables has improved despite the drop in cotton output for the 2020-2021 season.
A report presented by the ministry of agriculture, husbandry, and rural development Thursday said the country recorded a surplus this season.
Togolese agriculture minister – Antoine Gbégbéni pointed out that the coverage rates for the need in cereals, tubercles, and vegetables stood at 101 percent, 160 percent, and 240 percent respectively.
In 2019-2020, Togo recorded a surplus of around 70,000 tons of cereals including corn, local rice, sorghum, and millet and surplus of which was exported to countries in the sub-region and outside the continent.
This performance aligns with the recorded figures in the previous season and over the past decade.
While the areas of cultivation have increased, Gbégbéni disclosed that the country still grapples with a deficit in meat and fish products; The coverage rates for the need of these products are estimated at 60 percent and 34 percent respectively.