Sahel records cereal surplus

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Sahel regio-n recorded a bumper cereal production of 15,062,600 tonnes in the year 2006, or 3 percent higher than in 2005 due to satisfactory rainfall despite some drought pockets in some areas, according to the Sahel and West African Club (SWAC) Thursday.
A statement issued by SWAC in Ouagadougou said the cereal production in the Sahel shot up to 91 percent against the last five years (2001-2005) average, while gross available food of 15, 523,700 were recorded in 2006 for some needs estimated at 13,529,700 tonnes.
Coastal countries posted impressive cereal production too in 2006, particularly Nigeria where the gross production is estimated at 27.
9 million tonnes, representing an increase of about 8 percent increase compared to 2005 figures.
Burkina Faso on its own, produced more than half of the regional cereal surplus with 1,099,300 tonnes followed by Chad.
On animal production, the SWAC reported satisfactory production, apart from some countries that had experienced significant pockets of drought such as Senegal and Mauritania.
"These zones suffered early drying up of water points and a depletion followed by the deterioration of pastures, which caused untimely seasonal migrations," the SWAC statement added.

08 march 2007 11:51:00




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