Feedback on the production and selling local rice
Creation of a direct selling channel for local rice
Togo, municipalities of Bolou and Agbelouve
March 2017 – February 2019
Élevages sans Frontières, GRAPHE and ESF Togo
For 2 years, this project aimed at increasing rice yields by integrating more environmentally friendly practices such as the use of manure from livestock. In a second step, the rice processing was to be structured by the purchase of equipment and the creation of a processing and marketing center.
Here are a few key figures to illustrate the success of this project.
Improving rice yields by integrating agroecological techniques
52 schools field have been set up against the 45 that were initially planned. There are 392 producers who support and animate the school fields with the support of the project leaders.
In these spaces, different fertilizer dosage options are tested: 100% compost, a compost / chemical fertilizer mixture and traditional practices without fertilization.
Between 2018 and 2017, the changes are as follows:
– 100% compost plots produced 4.66 tons of rice per hectare in 2018, an increase of 55%
– plots with reasoned fertilizers produced 5.21 tons per hectare of paddy in 2018, an increase of 5%
– plots with traditional practices produced 2.86 tons of rice per hectare in 2018, an increase of 11%
– Plots without fertilization produced 2.07 tons per hectare in 2018, an increase of 44%
The most notable increase (55%) is the 100% organic option with the use of compost. This confirms the theory that compost improves soil fertility over time.
The producers appreciated the results obtained on the plots integrating agroecological techniques because the yields there are better despite the irregularity of the rains observed during the two cycles of production.
All plots experienced positive change as growers followed advices and improved soil preparation and crop maintenance.
Strengthening skills on livestock management
128 rice farmers have been trained in good management and management of small ruminants, production of compost from animal manure, simplified accounting, and the manufacture of lick stones.
The livestock represents a total of 1242 heads. Farmers are already making profits from their farms: over the last six months, 53 animals were sold by 23 farmers and that allowed them to generate a gross profit of 618,531 FCFA.
Over the last two years 249 tons of organic matter were produced (187 tons of compost and 62 tons of manure).
Creating a brand to value a local product
To reinforce the specificity of the product, a rice production quality approach with specifications has been designed and implemented by the cooperatives.
A processing and marketing center for rice was created and equipped with a huller and winnower. An open shed provides space for drying and sorting husked rice. The recruited and trained manager is in charge with representatives of the union and member cooperatives to organize the planning of the production campaigns, the collection of rice, the processing, and the packaging and marketing of products. To date, 3.4 tons of paddy rice have been shelled and marketed in Lomé.
The sustainability of the project depends on the beneficiary organizations and producers. The 15 cooperatives have adapted and replicated agroecological techniques that are more respectful of natural resources. They have a company that can provide a collection, processing and marketing services to members.