TOGO – The Adetikope Industrial Platform (PIA), a vertically integrated industrial zone in Togo has announced the operationalization of the country’s largest soy processing plant, Togo Soja.

Adetikope Industrial Platform is proud to officially announce the full operationality of Togo Soja, the local Soya processing plant located in the area,” PIA announced. 

With a total investment of US$25M (approximately 15.2 billion FCFA), Togo Soja has 2 processing units that will be used to produce soybean oil and cakes. Currently, the unit’s capacity is 50,000 tons, but PIA is confident the plant can produce more.

“Having successfully achieved our first goal of producing 50,000 tons of soybeans, this project demonstrates our commitment to the Togolese government’s vision for Togo’s industrialization,” the platform added.

The company also intends to produce other derived products which will be supplied to crop producers as organic fertilizer.

According to PIA, soybean processing is expected to fuel international and sub-regional exports.

In Togo, Soybean cultivation has become profitable not only for soybean farmers but also for other actors in the value chain.

Togo First reports that the Togolese government is increasing actions and initiatives in favor of the soybean sector, which wants to make it a pillar of its agricultural policy in the years to come.

The bean now competes with cotton, which is the leading cash crop in Togo. In 2020, Togo became the first exporter of organic soybeans to the European Union, ahead of China and India.

According to the government, the milestone was unthinkable just five years ago, following that in 2015, the country only produced less than 25,000 tons of soybeans.

However, through careful nurturing of the entire soybean value chain production has increased five-fold to more than 200,000 tons in 2021, reaching key markets in the Netherlands, Vietnam, the United States, and India.

In September 2022, Togo announced the completion of construction work on the local soybean processing units installed on the Adétikopé Industrial Platform (PIA) which mobilized an investment of more than 165 billion FCFA (US$251 million).

According to the state, these processing units followed the signing of a contract between the PIA and Togo Agro Resources SAU, an agri-food company involved in the refining of soybeans aimed to position the country as an exporter of soybean oil in the sub-region.

The units envisioned transforming around 240,000 tonnes of 100% local soybeans per year, equipped with refining units to produce edible soybean oil, de-oil cakes, lecithin, soybean pieces, roasted soybeans, and soybean meal.

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