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Togo produces 940,000 tons of yam in 2020-2021 campaign

According to data from the Office for Agricultural Statistics, IT and Documentation, Togo produced 940,876 tons of yam throughout the 2020-2021 agricultural campaign. This news came about just as studies are being carried out by institutes such as the Togolese Institute for Agricultural Research (ITRA), to improve yam yield in the country.

"Average yields are below 10 t/ha, but yields of 15 to 20 t/ha can be obtained if new high-yielding varieties are used and if the technical recommendations are followed," the Togolese Ministry of Agriculture says.

At the moment, the main varieties grown are Kratchi, Florido, He-abalo, Alassora, Laboco, Gnamiti, Djatiba, TDR 99/01169, TDA 89/02665, Brutani, Motchi, and Moniya. Yam, is a tropical crop mainly produced in West Africa. Although Togo exports some of it, it mostly feeds national consumption. It is the second most-eaten tuber in the country (37.8% of the tubers consumed in Togo), right after cassava (61.8%).


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