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Energy shortages in Senegal may reduce this season’s rice crop, which had more than doubled since the 2007-08 season after the government started an initiative to boost local output, an Agricultural Ministry official said.

A higher than usual number of power outages cut electricity to motors pumping water to the crop, which could limit 2010-2011 output, technical adviser Mamour Gaye said in an interview in Dakar, the capital. Senegal produced 546,000 metric tons of rice in the 2009-10 season that ended in June, Gaye said.

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Courtesy: Bloomberg

Date: 5th August 2010