The Cameroonian government will soon launch a program for the development of its horticultural sector, financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), it was learned after a workshop organized in Douala, from 16 to 17 May last. The meeting, it was informed, was aimed at identifying the levers on which it is necessary to act, in order to stimulate the development of horticulture in Cameroon.
This program, called Fit For Market (FFM), aims to accompany the horticultural sectors of the African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, whose main horticultural products exported to European Union territories are increasingly in demand.
These include banana dessert, of which Cameroon was the first producer of the ACP countries in 2015, before shifting its leadership to Côte d’Ivoire in 2016, following a decline in the national production of 30 000 tonnes.
But according to Jeremy Knops, Program Director of the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), in addition to bananas, Cameroon has other products such as sweet potato, cassava, Plantain, papaya or mango, which can also be exported to EU territories.