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• COCOA BEANS

The cocoa bean, also cacao bean or simply cocoa or cacao , is the dried and fully fermented fatty bean of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted. They are the basis of chocolate, as well as many Mesoamerican foods such as mole sauce and tejate. Cocoa farming in Cameroon is responsible for 42% of the country’s GDP, employing around 60% of the active population. Production is affected by climate change, low soil fertility, high incidence of pests and pathogens, high cost of pesticides, lack of access to improved planting materials, the fluctuating price of cocoa, political instability, and poor farmer education. The attraction of cocoa agriculture in Cameroon is that it often allows farmers to plant food crops for subsistence and cocoa for cash on the same parcel of land. In most parts of Cameroon the labor intensive nature of cocoa production does not allow for large farm sizes, with most farms being in the region of 0.5 to 13 ha.

Cameroon produced 166 000 tonnes of cocoa in 2006/2007. Cameroon is among the world’s largest cocoa producers; 130,000 tons of cocoa beans were produced in 2004. A cocoa pod (fruit) has a rough and leathery rind about 3 cm (1.2 in) thick (this varies with the origin and variety of pod). It is illed with sweet, mucilaginous pulp (called ‘baba de cacao’ in South America) enclosing 30 to 50 large seeds white, they become violet or reddish brown during the drying process. The exception is rare varieties of white cacao, in which the seeds remain white. Historically, white cacao was cultivated by the Rama people of Nicaragua.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture
Prices per kg varies between 950CFA($1.90, €1.46) and 1200CFA($2.40, €1.85)/KG


•COFFEE

Two types of coffee, robusta and arabica, are grown; production was 60,000 tons in 2004. According to the Managing Director of the Central Union of Western Agricultural Cooperatives (UCCAO), François Meinja Foka, the organisation exported approximately 600 tonnes of Arabica coffee in 2012-2013. This performance in exports is superior to that of the previous season. Without making a statistical forecast, heads of UCCAO, one of the largest cooperatives in Cameroon, intend to increase their production and export capacity in 2014. They plan to take advantage of the support provided through the coffee sector emergency restart plan announced by the Interprofessional Council for Coffee and Cocoa (CICC) in collaboration with the Cameroonian government and the European Union. Source: United States Department of Agriculture Prices per Kg of coffee vary between 950CFA($1.90, €1.46) to 1220CFA($2.44, €1.88)


•TIMBER

Timber is traditionally one of Cameroon’s most valuable exports, consisting mainly of mahogany, ebony, and teak.


Timber is traditionally one of Cameroon’s most valuable exports, consisting mainly of mahogany, ebony, and teak. Timber is traditionally one of Cameroon’s most valuable exports, consisting mainly of mahogany, ebony, and teak. Timber is traditionally one of Cameroon’s most valuable exports, consisting mainly of mahogany, ebony, and teak.


•COTTON

About 85,000 hectares (210,000 acres) are allocated to cotton plantations. Some cotton is exported, while the remainder is processed by local textile plants. Total cotton output was 109,000 tons in 2004. In 2013, Cameroon exported 66,000 tons of cotton to China, showing a decline of 7.3 percent year-on-year, according to the statistics released by Commodafrica, Business in Cameroon reported.
Cameroon’s cotton exports to China accounted for 32 percent of the country’s total cotton production, as Société de développement du Coton (Sodecoton or Cotton Development Corporation) announced the total cotton production during Despit e the decline in cotton exports to China, Cameroon remained the second-lar gest cotton exporter to China, behind Burkina Faso, which also witnessed a 2.4 per cent year-on-year drop in its exports in 2013, totaling 95,000 t ons. Exports of cotton from other African countries to China also dropped in 2013, with exports from Mali, Zambia, Egypt and Benin declining by 50 percent year-on-year, 37 percent, 26 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
For 2014, Sodecoton has set a target of producing 240,000 tons of cotton in 2014. In order to achieve the set target the company is planning quick purchase of cotton produce from farmers this year, in order to restrain them BANANAS Bananas are grown mainly in the southwest; 2004 estimated production was 630,000 tons. (Business in Cameroon) – According to the Cameroonian Banana Association (Assobacam), close to 133,000 tonnes of bananas have been exported since the start of 2014. The largest of these exports is that of Société des plantations du Haut Penja (PHP). With 55,518 tonnes exported on June 30, 2013, the Cameroonian subsidy of
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Source: United States Department of Agriculture


•BANANA

Bananas are grown mainly in the southwest; 2004 estimated production was 630,000 tons. (Business in Cameroon) – According to the Cameroonian Banana Association (Assobacam), close to 133,000 tonnes of bananas have been exported since the start of 2014. The largest of these exports is that of Société des plantations du Haut Penja (PHP). With 55,518 tonnes exported on June 30, 2013, the Cameroonian subsidy of29Source: United States Department of AgricultureCompagnie fruitière de Marseille, which farms over 7,413 acres of banana plants in the Moungo department, in the coastal region, accounts for 45% of national production. The only public banana producer, the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), which is partnered with the American company, Del Monte is, to date, the second largest exporter with 43,599 tonnes of banana exported in June 2014. According to Assobacam’s statistics, the largest exports occurred in May 2014, totalling 27,448 tonnes of exports compared to barely 14,000 tonnes for the month of June – the least proliic in terms of banana exports.

the largest exports occurred in May 2014, totalling 27,448 tonnes of exports compared to barely 14,000 tonnes for the month of June – the least proliic in terms of banana exports.


•RUBBER

The output of rubber, also grown in the southwest, was 45,892 tons in 2004 (Business in Cameroon) – Cameroon holds the 11th position of the world’s producers of natural rubber and is one of the few African members of the International Study Group on rubber (similar to OPEC for oil). And the demand for rubber is on the increase. The economic crisis that shook the major industrial countries had a severe impact on the rubber sector in Cameron. “At the end of 2009,” said the Cameroonian authorities, “the production of natural rubber stood at 52,497 tons, down by 1.8% compared to 2008”. The Cameroonian government puts the 2010 igures at 53,433 tons. These statistics represent a 10,000 tons decline in production in recent y ears. Although there has been a steady increase in the output, it is still short of the v olume in the years 2000s. But rubber remains an essential component of the Cameroonian economy, with nearly 30,000 jobs and export earnings of about CFAF 20 billion per year. This industry provides 2 percent of Cameroon’s export revenue. Major producers In Cameroon, three agro-industrial companies are the big producers of rubber. These companies have been carrying out reforms to boost output. HEVECAM taken over by GMG International (a Singapore giant) contributes over 50% of total production while The investments, intended to consolidate CDC ahead of future privatization, would raise rubber production by 5 percent and banana production by 10 percent, CDC Communications Oficer, Charles Endeley said. CDC produced 22,356 tons of rubber in 2008, mostly for export to Asia. The third operator, SAFACAM, has an output of 5,000 tons per annum.


•CRUDE PALM OIL

Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014.

Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014. Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014. Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014. Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014. Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014. Estimated production in 2004 of palm kernels was 64,000 tons. 379,235CFA($758.47, €583.44) per metric ton as of july, 2014.


•TOBACCO

Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT.

Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT. Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT. Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT. Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT. Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Cameroon with research from Euromonitor’s team of in-country analysts. 1,633,500CFA($3,267, €2,513.08)/MT.


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