Cameroon aims to increase its cocoa production to 600,000 tons in 2020, according to the country’s Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana.

“Cocoa is on high demand on world market. (…) All conditions are now in place so that after two or three difficult campaigns, the Cameroonian producer can finally smile,” Atangana said on Tuesday while launching the 2019/2020 cocoa season in Sangmalima, a town in South region of the country.

Cameroon’s cocoa production has been retarded by separatist movements in its Anglophone regions, major bean production areas of the country. But new plantations with improved yields are gradually entering production, according to Atangana.

In 2012, Cameroon launched the “New Generation” program to rejuvenate trees and create new plantations. The program has already created 1,533 hectares of cocoa across the country.

Cameroon is the world’s third cocoa producer, according to the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO). Enditem

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