Senegalese onion production is increasing due to higher prices and the crop's attractiveness for growers. While red onion varieties dominate, there has been an increase in areas planted with yellow onion varieties for export. Senegalese onions are meeting strong demand, with exports to countries like Mauritania, Mali, and Spain. However, due to a ban on onion exports from Morocco to West Africa, Senegal is becoming more dependent on imports from the Netherlands and Morocco.
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Senegalese onions are currently available for export. Mokhtar El Mahdaoui, a Moroccan-Senegalese grower, gives us an update: "The Senegalese onion season has started well, despite a 15-day delay due to a persistent rainy period. We are seeing an increase in onion area across the country, compared with the previous season, due to the higher prices since June and the attractiveness of this crop for growers." “Red onion varieties dominate the production,” El Mahdaoui adds. "Nevertheless, there has been an increase in areas planted with yellow onion varieties intended for export." Senegalese export onions meet the strong demand. “Producers in northern Senegal export to Mauritania and Mali, and those in the central area exported 20,000 tons of onions to Spain last season,” El Mahdaoui added, citing producer sources. Senegal is highly dependent on imports from the Netherlands and Morocco for its local market. "Since Morocco banned ...