All Togolese Farmers invited to the Forum

The event that will take place in Kara (420km from Lome), will be coupled with a mini-fair from April 06 to 13 to promote local agricultural products, encourage the made in Togo and raise awareness about the consumption of homeland products.

Unsurprisingly, "the poles of agricultural transformation to value the potentialities in Togo", in connection with the axis2 of the National Development Plan (PND) will be at the heart of this three days’ agricultural mass.

May the local consumption be at the center of the debate!

"This year, the theme is closer to the axis2 of the PND, which is interesting and shows that Togo really wants to make agriculture a pole of development," welcomes Dr. Dieudonne Kabkia, Teacher-Researcher in Dakar in Senegal.

He suggests "to decorate the best producers this year in order to encourage them to do better and specially to arouse envy from other producers".

"May the debate revolves around the local consumption of our products. It is good to produce but it is better when we produce and on the other side we consume ourselves," he insisted.

Agroeconomist, Kodjovi Lagno first of all makes the link between the first peasants’ national forum held in 2009, which brought together the actors (about 800) around the theme: "the peasants at the center of agricultural and economic recovery" and today 10 years later, the 11th edition, focusing on "agricultural transformation poles to develop the potential of Togo: a new vision translated in the National Development Plan (2018-2022)".

"Analyzing these two themes, it is clear that an exponential feat has been made on both sides to make our agriculture more professional. Move from agriculture of production to processing agriculture is the new challenge. It guarantees the market for producers and therefore improve their income," he clarified.

For him, the remaining thing to do is to sensitize farmers to have the best information so that they do no longer confuse donations to loans.

"At the end of the campaign, the farmer is supposed to pay back the loan contracted. Most of the farmers don’t do that. It is by paying back the loan that we contribute to the sustainability of these various financial services. Other projects/mechanisms are so structured that there should be no problem with reimbursement. For example, on PAIEJ-SP, there is an aggregator, which implies that the market exists. If some farmers refuse to repay their loans in a market-guaranteed system, sometimes they are very comfortable asking the loan officer if the money they have taken is theirs. I believe that these behaviors are to be prohibited for the sustainability of projects/financing mechanisms intended for the rural world," he advocated.

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