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May 09, 2010

Senegal rice production goes up

Senegal's Food Security Commission (CSA) has said rice production reached 502,104 tonnes in Senegal during the 2009/2010 farming season.

According to CSA, the total volume of imported rice in the country over the same period amounted to 900,000 tonnes while the consumption volume for this commodity is estimated at 874,300 tonnes.

Rice is Senegal’s main staple food. In general, the CSA believes that food consumption in Senegal is guaranteed up to 70% from cereals.

The country’s needs over the last two years, all grains combined, were put at just over 2.098 million tonnes and 2.148 million tonnes respectively.

In comparison, the CSA indicates that production in the country during this period stood at between 712,364 tonnes and 1,510,710 tonnes respectively.

There is mainly imported rice that fills the gap between needs and Senegal’s cereal production, CSA officials said.


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