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Cameroon – Agriculture: Exports to Nigeria raise grain prices in Cameroon’s Far North

Exports to Nigeria raise grain prices in Cameroon's Far North
Written by Deckson N.

In the Far North region of Cameroon, the price of the bag of 50 kg of millet and corn has increased by 2,000 CFA francs over the last four months, local sources said. In addition to the low rainfall observed in this part of Cameroon, which led to a drop in cereal production, traders put an end to exports to Nigeria.

Indeed, after several months of closure, because of the exactions of the Islamist sect Boko Haram on its territory, the Cameroonian government launched a process of gradual reopening of its land borders with this neighboring country. The deadly incursions of the members of Boko Haram having been considerably reduced.

The Boko Haram threat itself has contributed to the decline in cereal production in the far north of Cameroon in recent years, since many people have fled their villages and abandoned their fields.

As a result, by 2014, cereal production in this part of Cameroon had dropped by 132 000 tonnes, according to official statistics. By 2015, the cereal deficit in the Far North region was 200,000 tons.

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