In order to realize the ambition of the Cameroonian government to reach a level of local production of palm oil from 450 000 tonnes in 2020, a mission composed of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), a public agro-industrial unit operating oil palm plantations in the South West region recently traveled to Malaysia, we learned from official sources.
Reportedly, the Cameroonian delegation went to learn from the experience of this country in the production of palm oil, where annual returns of plantations often rising to 22 million tonnes, against only 300,000 tonnes Cameroon.
Reportedly, the Cameroonian delegation went to learn from the experience of this country in the production of palm oil, where annual returns of plantations often rising to 22 million tonnes, against only 300,000 tonnes in Cameroon.
These Malaysian performances, we learn, are from the use of advanced technologies in the plantations; the use of plants to high performance; the strong involvement of people in the business of producing palm oil, including small farmers producing on average 15 hectares of plantations (against 5 hectares in Cameroon), etc. Many Malaysian realities that still fall within the dream of Cameroon.
As a remember, despite the existence of large industrial units that operate oil palm (60,000 hectares in total for 60% of the production of palm oil) in the country, and many private plantations (100 000 hectares to 40 % of local production of palm oil) with traditional oil mills, Cameroon manages to produce between 235 and 270 000 tonnes of palm oil per year. Domestic demand is officially around 385 000 tonnes. This corresponds to a production shortfall of more than 100 000 tonnes each year.