"If we see all that is made to facilitate the marketing of cashew nuts in Togo, we can say that the current environment is conducive to the development of the industry," said Kpadenou Anani Kodjogan, Director of Vegetable Department in Togo.
The interprofession of the chain bringing together nurserymen, producers, consumers, buyers and exporters was set up in 2013.
At the level of production, there was support from GIZ in terms of plant materials, seeds, the establishment of lumberyards. Various trainings were also given to producers and trainers.
The World Bank Group is involved in processing through small projects for processing units to improve their quality standard to meet international standards. A coordination committee was set up and texts were issued to regulate the market.
Cashew nut is part of the sectors targeted in Kara agropole. Different mechanisms of funding are being developed in order to support the actors.
"With such a political porting and will, I can say that the environment is created. Up to actors to position themselves to take advantages," assures Kpadenou.
Mainly produced in the central region, in Kara, in savannah and east of plateau region, the yield is currently around 500 kg per hectare with the possibility of associating food crops at the beginning for consumption or marketing before starting to upgrade from the fourth year.
"The kilo of almond is very expensive in Europe and the United States, that is why we need to promote processing in our countries rather than exporting it raw because the added value is really huge," requested Hiba Yacoub, representative of World Cashew Convention and Exhibition.