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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Cameroon plans to produce 125,000 tonnes of coffee in 2015

The new strategy for 2010 to 2015 has been designed by the stakeholders in the national coffee sector. The government has also been involved, through the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Rural Development, Scientific Research and Innovation, the Economy and Town and Country Planning. All of these eminent representatives were also aided by Cameroon’s development partners including the All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme, the International Trade Centre, the European Commission, the World Bank, the United Nations Fund for Agriculture, the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, etc. The recently released document obtained by Le Messager contains a dispassionate analysis of the unenviable situation in the Cameroonian coffee sector. The experts who wrote it observe a general downwards trend in Cameroonian coffee production and exports over the past thirty years. They say it began in the 1990s, bottoming out between 1992 and 1994 when the sectors were liberalised. "After the recovery, which drew to a halt in the late 1990,s an inexorable and worrying decline seems to have set in", they report. The document underpins its conclusions with figures, revealing that 115,680 tonnes of coffee were produced in Cameroon in 1989 but that output fell to 24,360 in1994. A revival occurred in 1999 when output reached 82,200 tonnes but production then began falling year on year until, in 2008, it was only 43,000 tonnes. Processing and consumption have also deteriorated. The last survey, which was carried out in 2006, reveals a constant decline from 2000 onwards. Domestic processing and consumption dropped from 6,000 tonnes in 1999 to 4,500 tonnes in 2000. They have been stagnant since 2001.

Soiurce: Le Messager