Cameroon: Banana Exports in July 2022 up 6% Year-on-Year
In July 2022, the three banana producers operating in Cameroon exported 13,203 tonnes, according to the Banana Association of Cameroon (Assobacam). This corresponds to an increase of 744 tonnes (+6%) compared to the 12,459 tonnes shipped to the international market in July 2021.
The sector mainly owes this increase in exports to the CDC, reveals Invest in Cameroon. Indeed, this agro-industrial unit, 100% controlled by the State, saw its exports increase from 1,012 tonnes in July 2021 to 1,607 tonnes in July 2022. Calculator in hand, this corresponds to an increase of 595 tonnes over a year.
The CDC, Cameroon's second-largest employer after the civil service, is still struggling to recover from the ravages of the socio-political crisis that has been raging since the end of 2016 in the two English-speaking regions of the country. It indeed derives its performance from the plantations rehabilitated during the year 2021.
However, the renewed activity observed at the CDC was less intense at the other two producers. In detail, the company Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), the leader of the local market, exported only 10,44 tonnes of bananas last July, compared to 10,352 tonnes during the same period in 2021.
With this volume of exports, the Cameroonian subsidiary of the Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille is doing slightly better than Plantations Boh Plc, number 3 on the market. According to figures published by Assobacam, this producer only shipped 1,155,2022 tons in July, compared to 1,095 tons a year earlier.