Coconut plantation is for several generations

The history department of University of Lome confirms that these first wealthy people who were part of the "evolved people" at the time contributed a lot financially in the fight of the natives for the independence of Togo.

To break the secrecy around this treasure, a tour in the Lacs prefecture, large area of production between 1940 and 1990.

With motorbike, we passed through several villages: Kpessi, Devikinme, Dague, Agbodrafo, Goumou kope, Abatekope ... and here is the story!

First of all, we realized that this colonial heritage, although declining in the zone, keeps its golden age because it is perpetuated by some families.

Savings Bank for life

Because of its strong production that takes place almost every two or three months and continuously, some go as far as comparing the coconut tree to a savings bank for life.

"Until 2005 where I managed the cocoa plantation of 3ha belonging to my brother, each picking (per quarter), beyond the charges, we used to save 300,000 CFA," says Djikounou Komlan Sokpoa, a notable chief of the village of Kpessi.

"I have 3ha that my father inherited from my grandfather, and I don’t exactly know how many threes are there, but every two and half months we pick the fresh. We sell forty between 1000 and 1300 CFA. I just picked more than 240 units on 8 plants. The picking of dried nuts takes place between five and six months, "says Ayawavi met at ABATEKOPE.

Koetevi Koko (born in 1962) heiress to some feet of coconut trees belonging to his maternal grandmother at Agbodrafo Djossi certifies.

"When I was child, my grandmother had a lot of coconut trees near the beach where she transformed the dried nuts to coconut oil, and that's how she made her fortune. The sea took away most of them. There are only a few plants left that I inherited from my mother and I am currently operating, "she says.

A plant with enormous potentialities

Djikounou Komlan Sokpoa

According to Dr. Kossi KPEMOUA of the Togolese Institute of Agronomic Research (ITRA), coconut tree is a plant that likes wet and sandy places. All the varieties (yellow dwarf from Malaysia, the Great West Africa and hybrids) come into reproduction 5 years later and it is for several generations.

In its fresh state, before the nut reaches full maturity, the juice is used as a refreshing drink, and at this stage, the almond, seemingly soft is directly consumable.

When the nut reaches full maturity, it is called dried nuts. At this stage, it is also possible to consume the nut directly, but generally it is used to make oil commonly called coconut oil for consumption.

Others use it to make nibbles. The byproduct resulting from this transformation is used for animal diet because it contains a low lipid content and it is energetic.

"That's why, forty dried nuts are more expensive, 2000 or 2200 CFA and at each picking, we can get up to forty, three times per plant", explains Theophile Agbolan, guardian of an agro pastoral farm in Kpessi.

The hull and the body of the hull are used as firewood. The ribs to make broom, fence or roofs. The trunk, very resistant to the damage of termites or rodents, is used as rafters to make roofs.

It is also used as firewood. Some people said that the root is therapeutic.

Because of urbanization between Lome and the city of Aneho, the large production area is currently between the eastern part of Lacs prefecture and part of Bas-Mono prefecture (Seko, Agbanakin, Aklakou…).

For those who would like to start, one seedling costs 1000 CFA. It's time to make a decision.

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