After a good winter recorded, with record amounts of rain, despite the damage caused, record yields are expected for this crop year, according to the first estimates. Peanut production is estimated at 250,000 tonnes, up from 224,000 last year, an increase of 15-30%. For cereals, the forecast is around 200,000 tonnes, compared to 180,000, an increase of 20%, compared to 2019 production.
The harvests have started or even already been completed for certain speculations, says Dr Souleymane Diop, the regional director of Rural Development of Kaolack, interviewed by Radio Senegal: « for millet, the harvests are already completed. Currently, the production (concerns) the groundnut harvest. Also for maize, for the first sowing, the harvests are completed. Currently, it is the storage phase. Then, the preparation for the groundnut marketing campaign ».
In addition to the rains, the commitment of the producers, the support of the State and the good climatic conditions, during the wintering, were welcomed.
Peanut producers are now suspended at the meeting of the National Interprofessional Committee on Peanuts (CNIA) which will set the price per kilogram.