According to experts, drought periods that reduce foliage on cassava plants delay tuber growth and this can affect yield.
For a locality like Gbatope, where agricultural activities depend exclusively on rainfall, it is hard to bear.
"The cuttings have been planted since January 2018. However, the rain did not follow as it should for the roots to develop normally. Regularly, we harvest six months later. But given the irregularity of the rain, it has not been good, and it is only now that we are doing the harvest. In addition to that, there is the hardness of the soil that makes difficult the extraction of tubers," laments AMEKOUDI Messan met in his field in Liligodo.
Even Saka AZIALEKO, the miller who used to save people in their fields with his mill in Adangbe pays the costs.
"Usually, when the soil is not hard, the tubers are full of water and it allows us to grind up to 10 bags of 50kg with three liters of gasoline. Now that it's hard, we use a lot more fuel and we barely manage to do 7 bags with the same amount, "he explains to agridigitale.
Saka is one of these few millers in the township decided not to let women go several kilometers to come to them before grinding their tubers. They tie their mill on the bike and go directly to the fields.
"The bag of 50kg costs 500 CFA, and I average a daily turnover of 4,000 CFA. With it, I take care of my wife and my six children", he adds.