For the strengthening of agricultural research and the improvement of productivity, Togolese and Egyptian Governments funded FAMETA
(Togolese Egyptian Modern Farm) project estimated at one billion Fr CFA.
The farm is located on 150 hectares at Abatchang, in the canton of Lama-Tessi, Tchaoudjo prefecture in the central part of the country.
Agridigitale paid a visit to the farm, less than a year after the laying of the first stone by president Faure Gnassingbe.
The results are there
At FAMETA, attention is paid to agricultural work and beyond the main objective of the Center , it is a good impression that can hold back from the visit to a site where Egyptians and Togolese are working together.
We can see the realization of new jobs for local residents, mainly women who manage most of the agricultural activities.
From a warehouse equipped with a drying area to tractors and other agricultural equipment, passing by restraint and water cultures occupying virtually the rest of the farm loss of eyesight, the image of crops like corn in comparison to those observed in most of the common fields are the reflection of a sincere work which can only lead to the figures published by the Center.
The Ambassador of Egypt in Lome, Mohamed Karim Sheriff plans in the coming days an open day on the farm in order to expose the first results of the experiments.
An ambitious project
The project is willing to reach 9 tons of corn per hectare against 2 tons on national average, 8 tons of rice per hectare against 5 tons currently and 10 to 15 litres production of milk against 5 liters currently.
Moreover, FAMETA has already introduced wheat into Togo. For this culture, 5.5 tons are expected per hectare.