As a result, Cameroon is downgrading Côte d’Ivoire, which produces 260 000 tonnes per year.
The figures have just been released and indicate that Cameroon is currently the leading dessert banana producer in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The country produces 278 458 tons against 260 000 tons per year for Côte d’Ivoire which becomes second in the classification. Françoise Collet, head of the delegation of the European Union (EU) in Cameroon, said last Thursday in Douala that it is since last year that the country took first place. She was there as part of the visits to the Regions of the Littoral and the South. According to his remarks, this is the first time for Cameroon to advance Côte d’Ivoire.
It should be noted that Cameroon is also the world’s fifth largest supplier behind Ecuador, producing 1.36 million tonnes, Colombia with 1.31 million tonnes, Costa Rica producing 0.95 million tonnes, and the Republic Dominican Republic 0.32 million tons. Françoise Collet said this performance is partly due to the EU’s projects in the banana sector and port infrastructure in the country in recent years. Reference is made to the Customs Modernization Plan Support Program (PAPMOD) and the Banana Accompanying Measures Program (MAB) amounting to CFAF 38 billion, or € 58 million.
These projects have been implemented within the framework of Cameroon-European Union cooperation. They aim at facilitating trade between Cameroon and its partners by streamlining customs procedures. And on the other hand, to increase the production of the banana while reinforcing the channels relative to its export.