According to the results of the last agricultural census carried out in 2017 by the Directorate of Statistics, Information and Documentation (DSID), coffee and cocoa are grown by 31,203 producers on 38,058 hectares for coffee and 20,183 hectares for cocoa.
During the 2018-2019 season, Togo exported 4,500 tonnes of coffee and 7,200 tonnes of cocoa compared to 6,500 tonnes of coffee and 4,400 tonnes of cocoa in 2017-2018.
"These products were exported by thirteen (13) exporters out of a total of twenty-two (22) registered for the 2018-2019 campaign, destined to Morocco, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Israel, Spain and China ", reveals Enselme Gouthon, general secretary of the Coordinating Committee for the Coffee and Cocoa Sectors (CCFCC).
It was during the launch of the marketing year 2019-2020 in the presence of the Minister of agriculture, Noël Koutera Bataka, Friday in Kpalime (121 km north-west of Lome).
To keep the flag of commercialization and defend the label made in Togo, the Minister of Commerce, Kodzo Adedze urged Togolese exporters to engage more in purchasing while scrupulously respecting the texts governing the profession.
"For the 2019-2020 campaign, the quantities will be more important compared to the last years because the weather is favorable. It is up to us to make sure that the prices are also better because if the purchase prices is not good for the producers, they will naturally move to other speculations", advises Mr. Gouthon who is also fighting for the local consumption of coffee and cocoa.