The prizes for high quality produce in 2017-2018 cocoa season have been dished out on April 20, 2021.
Though the on-going armed battle rumbling in Anglophone Cameroon has scaled down cocoa manufacturing energy, growers within the South West Area have succeeded to grab the second place on the nationwide manufacturing chart within the 2017-2018 cocoa season. The hassle earned some 756 cocoa farmers from Meme, Fako, Kupe Muanenguba and Manyu administrative Divisions a mouth-watering FCFA 170,063,460 as premium for good high quality cocoa-beans processing. The South West Area with its apex producing basin in Meme Division fell from its first place in nationwide cocoa produce score when it generated 45 p.c of all cocoa from Cameroon.
Handy over the prizes to meritorious farmers, the Minister of Commerce, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, made the journey to Buea, South West Regional capital, on 20 April, 2021. The Minister chaired the premium distribution ceremony on the Buea Municipal stadium, urging the cocoa growers of the Area to remain within the path of fine high quality beans, to half with baby labour, keep away from the destruction of forests however embody the youth and the ladies within the cocoa manufacturing chain. This four-level suggestion, based on the Commerce boss, would assure the continual adherence of essential worldwide companies to purchase Cameroon cocoa even for higher affords. The cocoa premium cash for which the Minister was at its eleventh stop-over in Buea to distribute out of a complete of 16 stations, is definitely, a stop-gap measure by the Cameroon Head of State to cushion the 2016-2017 umpteenth disaster that hit the cocoa market and drastically eroded the farmers’ buying energy. Such actions included the discount by half the cocoa export payment to face at FCFA 75 for every kilogramme since 1 August 2017. Additionally, an enchancment marketing campaign to construct cocoa post-harvest processing centres of excellence was realized with 10 such centres constructed throughout cocoa producing basins in Cameroon. And the introduction of high quality premium for producers based mostly on the advertising and marketing of Grade One cocoa which was the aim of the Buea occasion.
Within the South West Area, Authorities motion went a milestone to offer farmers with applicable cocoa drying and storage services. Noteworthy are the warehouses supplied the Kombone and Matoh areas. Equally, 1,800 cocoa dryers have been made and distributed to farmers of the Area earlier than the measures to fight poor gross sales have been conceived for all the nation.