CASL, a French agricultural company has set up West Africa’s first end-to-end industrial rice processing facility in Saint Louis, Senegal. The Bühler team that made this happen spanned across Africa, Asia and Europe.
The world might be small but it is still not yet fully discovered by food processing companies. One such unexplored country is Senegal, West Africa. Highly dependent on rice as a staple food, it has a per capita rice consumption of about 72 kg a year – on a par with many Asian countries.
In 2018, Compagnie Agricole de Saint-Louis du Sénégal (CASL) constructed a world class paddy-to-rice processing facility that has integrated hydro-agricultral development, farming, rice processing, trading and marketing. It was developed with the goal of contributing to the self sufficiency of rice supply in West Africa. The facility is spread over 2,700 hectares, with a capability of producing up to 45,000 metric tonnes of white rice per year. The company has been running its operations efficiently to create a robust new market for head rice when the current market was dominated by broken rice.