The mango season in southern and central Senegal is about to begin after the rest of the regions started two months ago, announced by the Ministry of Agriculture's launching of phytosanitary certification of mangoes for export on May 26, 2023. However, the season is starting timidly for these regions, according to Amadou Ndiaye Seck, General Manager of ANS Inter Export.
He explains, "We're suffering from the same problems as other West African countries, and we're expecting the same pace as Côte d'Ivoire and Mali, where the campaign has already begun. Climatic conditions have not been favorable, with a lack of rainfall. This has had an impact on productivity, and I estimate that the drop in yield is of the order of one third."
"That said, we will have more export volume than last year, which was exceptionally low in volume, and expect to reach a peak in production in July, thanks in particular to the increase in mango acreage," adds Seck.
In addition to adverse weather conditions and drought, the West African mango industry has been hit by fruit flies. But according to Seck, the impact in Senegal has been mitigated: "The Ministry of Agriculture, and more specifically its Plant Protection Directorate, supported us upstream to treat orchards and set up a monitoring and warning system against fruit flies. From this point of view, the problem is contained and under control in Senegal, and the quality level is satisfactory."
According to Seck, the market for Senegalese mangoes is developing with strong demand: "This year again, demand is strong, particularly from Europe and Morocco. Our export calendars are starting up while other competing origins, such as Mali and Gambia, are completing theirs."
Senegal's favorable position on the mango market, according to Seck, is reflected in better prices this year: "At ANS Inter Export, we had already agreed with our customers last year on a 15% price increase for this season's shipments.
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