Senegal’s total cereal production fell by 120,224 tonnes at the end of the 2019-2020 crop year compared to the 2018-2019 crop year, according to data established by the Department of Analysis, Forecasting and Statistics. (DAPSA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment.
The final results for the crop year under review show cereal production of 2.768 million tonnes against 2.899 million tonnes in 2018-2019, a decline of 4.14%. The total area of sown areas fell by 28,542 hectares, going from 1,757,666 hectares in 2018-2019 to 1,729,124 hectares a year later.
In Senegal’s total cereal production, that of rice (irrigated, rainfed and off-season) is preponderant with an achievement of 1,155,730 tonnes against 1,206,587 tonnes for the 2018-2019 campaign, i.e. a drop of 50,857 tonnes. Millet production comes second in terms of importance with 807,044 tonnes compared to 897,348 tonnes in 2018-2019, a decrease of 90,304 tonnes.
On the other hand, with 580,705 tonnes, maize production increased by 45,002 tonnes compared to its level in the 2018-2019 crop year.
For its part, sorghum production fell by 25,295 tonnes, from 295,463 tonnes in 2018-2019 to 270,168 tonnes during the season under review. Although marginal, fonio production increased sharply from 1,230 tonnes to 5,151 tonnes from 3,921 tonnes at the end of the 2018-2019 crop year.