Should Senegal stop exporting its peanuts? – CommodAfrica

Should Senegal stop exporting its peanuts? – CommodAfrica
Should Senegal stop exporting its peanuts? – CommodAfrica

It is imperative to stop exports of raw materials (peanut seeds) so that the factories of the National Oilseed Marketing Company of Senegal (Sonacos) can be properly supplied in order to be able to operate and create jobs. [grainesd’arachide)pourquelesusinesdelaSociéténationaledecommercialisationdesoléagineuxduSénégal(Sonacos)puissents’approvisionnercorrectementafindepouvoirtourneretcréerdesemplois » estimates the general secretary of the local section of the National Union of Workers of Fatty Industries and Similar Activities of Senegal, Issa Ly in an interview with the APS.

Sonacos is in difficulties again. Its factories are only operating at 10% of their capacity due to lack of seeds (30,000 tonnes collected) according to the union which adds the obsolescence of the industrial tools. Seeds that go abroad.

If in the past, purchases by foreigners, in particular the Chinese, diverted a good part of the peanut seeds because they offered an attractive price compared to local oil mills, this campaign is rather marked by a lack of purchases. The spokesperson for the National Council for Consultation and Cooperation of Rural People (Cncr), Sidy Ba, deplores the lack of Chinese presence on the market this year. In fact, since the start of the peanut campaign, Chinese demand has been timid (Read: China is drastically reducing its imports of peanuts from Senegal and Sudan).


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