Several initiatives have therefore multiplied under this project and the first tests carried out by Togolese Institute for Agronomic Research (ITRA) were conclusive.
To inform producers and technicians of the New Cotton Company of Togo (NSCT) on the good agricultural practices of cotton to reach the objectives fixed by the sector, tests occurred in Dapaong (North-Togo).
ITRA through the Wet Savannah Agricultural Research Center equipped participants on production techniques to increase yield per hectare. There have been plans to set up several cover plants to improve the soil structure, break the crust and allow the plant's roots to penetrate easily.
The cover plants increase the rate of organic soil so that according to specialists today are less than 1% while completely restoring the soil. "Sowing under a vegetal cover offers a better yield", specify the researchers of the wet savannah.
Cotton growers have appreciated the results and are opting for the technology to increase the expected yields of cotton. Togo, like Mali, Burkina-Faso, Tchad, Benin, obtained financial support from Brazil to test the project.
The challenge for the Brazilian initiative is the drastic reduction in pesticide use and the use of other cover crops to fertilize the soil, following international market standard.