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Cameroon records slight increase in annual cocoa production

By Anthony Myers

- Last updated on GMT

Cameroon has announced an increase in its cocoa output, Pic: tridge.com
Cameroon has announced an increase in its cocoa output, Pic: tridge.com

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Compared to 292,471 tonnes of beans produced and marketed during the 2020-2021 season, Cameroon’s Office national du cacao et du Café (ONCC) said a total of 295,163 tonnes of beans were harvested in the 2021-2022 season.

Latest figures also reveal it was Cameroon’s highest tonnage over the past seven seasons, and continues the steady increase in production over the last three cocoa seasons.

The improvement has also had an impact on the prices paid to producers. According to ONCC figures, a kilogram of cocoa beans was sold to buyers at a maximum price of 1,290 FCFA ($1.97) during the last season, compared to 1,210 FCFA during the 2020-2021 season. This shows an increase of 80 FCFA per kilogram. The minimum price was 750 FCFA, compared to 700 FCFA in the previous season.

Cameroon is the 4th largest cocoa-producing country in the world and the 3rd largest in Africa with 290,000 metric tonnes in the latest cocoa season.

The ONCC said higher prices reflect the strong demand for Cameroon’s cocoa. The West African country has also attracted investment for two new processing facilities, Neo Industry and Atlantic Cocoa, which now operate alongside SIC Cacaos, a subsidiary of Barry Callebaut.

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