Banana producers serving in Cameroon exported 249,610 tons throughout 2016. These statistics published by the Cameroon Banana Association (Assobacam) show a decrease of nearly 30,000 tons compared to 279,493 tons Of bananas exported by Cameroon in 2015, according to statistics from the National Port Authority (NPA).
This decline in Cameroon’s exports mainly relegates the country to the second African banana producers after a brief ephemeral first delighted to Côte d’Ivoire in 2015. That year, indeed, this country of West Africa, Which has dominated banana production in Africa for years with an average annual production of about 300 000 tonnes, saw its production fall back down to 254 000 tonnes due to heavy rains that caused the flooding of the Agneby River, causing flooding of 1 300 hectares of bananas between 28 and 30 June 2014.
In 2016, following the arrival of two new companies in Côte d’Ivoire, just over a year ago, the Société ivoiro-antillaise de production agricole (Siapa) and Bananes Antilles-Côte d’Ivoire (Banaci), banana production in Côte d’Ivoire has picked up, rising to 280 000 tonnes, according to statistics revealed by Commodafrica, more than 30 000 tonnes more than Cameroon.
Over the period under review, the Société des Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of the Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille in Cameroon, remained the market leader for dessert bananas in the country, with 124,875 tonnes exported according to Assobacam; Compared with 113,574 for the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), number 2 in the local market, and 11,161 tonnes for Boh Plantations.
As a reminder, bananas are Cameroon’s third largest export product, behind oil, accounting for more than 40% of the country’s total exports, and logs or sawnwood, which accounts for about 15% of Cameroon’s exports.