“Help the earth to feed the men“. This is the commitment of Toguna Agro-Industries since the start-up of its production unit in Bamako, in 2006. In nine years of activity, Toguna Agro-Industries has become the first producer of agricultural fertilizers in Mali and one of the country’s leading private exporters. One ambition lies at the heart of its know-how and the commitment of its teams on the ground: to ensure the food security of millions of Africans, thanks to a competitive agriculture, respectful of the environment.
The main fertilizer production unit in Bamako has an annual capacity of 400,000 tons. It serves all the agricultural regions of Mali and allows Toguna Agro-Industries to support the major projects of the State – Cotton Program, Rice Initiative and Potato Program in particular.
Leader in its market against large multinationals, in the eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), the group generates 40% of its turnover for export to Burkina Faso, the Côte Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal, Benin and Guinea.
Toguna Agro-Industries is continuing its investments in Mali, with a new phosphate granulation unit under construction in the Bamako airport zone. It will be fed by natural phosphates Tilemsi (PNT), a mine acquired in 2009 by the group in northern Mali. It will have a production capacity of 100,000 tons per year and will contribute to the creation of 150 direct jobs. Its impact on soil fertility should be felt throughout the subregion. The Tilemsi area has some of the most tender phosphates in the world, with excellent “reactivity” or ability to absorb plants.
Toguna Agro-Industries has received several awards in recent years, including the International Trophy for High Quality in Brussels in 2010 and the International Star for Quality in Geneva in 2012. The high nutrient fertilizer content of Toguna Agro- Industries is verified by its own laboratory, which is being approved by the national laboratory of Mali and meets European standards.
A network of approved distributors covers all the agricultural regions of Mali, from Sikasso to Office du Niger via Kayes. Besides the proximity to the customers, the quality, again, remains the main concern. A steering committee of ten people, four auditors, meets every month to provide information, monitor contracts and ensure customer relations.
In partnership with the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) of Morocco, the world leader in the phosphates industry and its derivatives, the first annual agricultural caravan, “Sènè Kunafoni Taama”, was organized in 2014 to go to the meeting of the farmers of Bougouni, Sikasso, Niono and Sévaré. The objective: to analyze their soils thanks to a traveling laboratory and to propose adapted fertilizers, by adjusting the offer to the needs. This caravan allowed Moroccan and Malian agricultural experts to exchange with more than 2,000 farmers on good agricultural practices. From sowing to harvest, they emphasized the reasoned use of fertilizers, while respecting the environment.
For the group Toguna, born in Mali and led by a Malian, the quality does not go without assuming a strong social responsibility of the company. “Just as the role of fertilizers is to ensure good growth conditions for plants, says CEO Seydou Nantoumè, the vocation of the Toguna Group Corporate Foundation is to ensure good growth conditions for men. In short, help men to bear fruit. “
In recent years, the Toguna Foundation has built schools, clinics and cultural facilities in several localities in Mali. At a height of 26 meters, the Nangabanou Tembely monument, inaugurated in 2014, overlooks Bandiagara and pays homage to the hunter who founded this city, in Dogon country.