Cameroon has been experiencing a significant decline in its cocoa production for several months now.
The decline according to cocoa farmers is due to the impact of climate change and the use of bad agro chemicals.
The ongoing Anglophone crisis has also hampered cocoa production in Manyu, a cocoa growing area located in the southwest of the country.
“Because of the crisis, some buyers are now afraid to come here, during this period for example, big buyers prefer to give money to small retailers so they come to buy for them, John Ebot said.
The government which plans to increase cocoa production to 600,000 tons by 2020 has encouraged the planting of cocoa seedlings on 400,000 hectares of land.
Cameroon’s inter professional cocoa-coffee council predicts a slight improvement in production around 230,000 tons.
‘’ You see the quantity I have removed at this time, yes this is not our real cocoa season. The season is almost over. This is just the finishing, cocoa farmer, John Ebot said.
According to the latest estimates of the Interprofessional Cocoa and Coffee Council, the average price of cocoa beans per kilogram for farmers has reduced from a little over US$2 at the beginning of the last season to US$1.58 cents or less at the moment.