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West African Farms want to double onion export in 2013-2014

West Africa Farms (WAF), a member of the group G.S.Shropshire want to double the export volume in the 2013-2014 season. The group produce onions in the northern region Dagana and want to grow quickly to a following level. WAF decided this after the national production reached 250,000 tonnes in the last season, with the result that the authorities were requested to freeze the import of onions.

Originally Egypt supplied onions to Senegal. Since this country is in political crisis WAF completely covers the demand, as per Richard Belcher, director of WAF. John Marschall, ambassador of Great Britain, visited the project in Yamane for the second time and mentioned his admiration about the achievements.

An added success is the employment, which was created for about 800 employees from 27 neighbouring villages, 20 people are permanently employed. About 40 million francs CFA (the currency of the former French colonies) is spent monthly during the onion season, 8 to 10 months each year. Richard Belcher complains about the absence of electricity in the region. This is the most important hindrance for the development of the group.

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