Cameroon is now the largest producer of banana in the Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific region. The information was made public by the Cameroon Banana Association (ASSOBACAM). According to the grouping of producers and exporters of banana, the annual production of the product rose to 278,450 tons in 2015. This enabled Cameroon to move ahead of Côte d’Ivoire now relegated to second place.
Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), whose fields cover more than 3530 hectares, and the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) are the main producers of bananas in Cameroon. These two companies have large farms in the Littoral and South-West regions. Unfortunately, Cameroonians do not benefit from this windfall even though market prices are still rising for bananas and other staples.
By Sonne Peter