TOGO – The Republic of Togo has unveiled two separate five-year multi-million dollar plans to boost the growth of the country’s mango and pineapple industries.

The 2024-2028 Action investment plan for the mango sector is expected to stimulate development in the mango industry over the next five years and will be implemented at a cost of CFA1.715 billion (US$2.91 million).

The Togolese State should provide 25% of the investment, or CFA438.6 million (0.73 million) while CFA840.9 million (US$1.4 million) or 49% is expected to come from the private sector.

Technical and financial partners should provide the remaining CFA435.75 million (US$0.73 million).

The investment strategy has four main goals: boosting the quality and production of mangoes, doing the same with value-added products, creating an environment that is conducive to the sector’s development, and improving sector governance.

In the long term, the five-year plan aims to dedicate 500 hectares of land to mango farming, in the Zones d’Aménagement Agricole Planifiées (ZAAP).

Two additional ZAAPs, specifically dedicated to mango and covering 100 hectares each, are also planned to boost the production and marketing of this delicious fruit.

In the past three years, Togo’s mango production rose gradually, despite Covid-19 and the pressures it induced.

Togo produced about 50,500 tons of mangoes in 2022, a 31% rise compared to 2021, according to data from the Interprofessional Council of the Mango Sector.

The country processed about 10,200 tons of mangoes in 2022 and exported 12,800 tons up from 10,400 tons t the year before.

Doubling pineapple output

Togo has also just validated a five-year investment plan going from 2024 to 2028 for its pineapple industry. The plan is to be implemented at a cost of CFA 9.5 billion (US$15.82 billion).

The plan will focus on three key pillars: promoting sustainable cultivation methods, improving local farmers’ access to the market, and improving the institutional framework and governance in the sector.

Goals set in the plan include doubling the national output, from 44,391 t to 88,782 t by 2028, and boosting local processing from 35% of the production to 75% by 2028.

Funds needed for the project should come from the State, the Interprofessional Council of Pineapple in Togo (CIFAN), as well as from technical and financial partners.

“The pineapple value chain is still underdeveloped, but it offers interesting prospects for Togo’s agricultural economy provided that the players mobilize to strengthen it,” said the Ministry of Agriculture and the stakeholders connected to the strategy.

Togo plans to capitalize on its pineapples’ aroma and taste as well as reliance on organic cultivation to carve a bigger chunk of the organic produce market where demand is high.

Togo also needs CFA2.34 billion (US$3.90 million) to develop its roots and tuber sectors over the next five years, going from 2024 to 2028.

The overall goal of this plan, which was published in 2023, is to increase Togo’s roots and tuber output by 15% and achieve a 15% processing rate, by 2028.

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