Cameroon(National Times)-The Cameroon Banana Association (ASSOBACAM) has published statistics signaling a continuous decline in the country’s banana exports for the 10th consecutive month owing to rising insecurity in the Anglophone regions.
The statistics published on January 29 indicate that, 15.605 tons of Banana were exported in the month of December 2018 as compared to 17,137 tons in the month of November of the same year.
This downward spiral for the last ten months has been blamed on the inability of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) workers to work in the plantations owing to attacks. CDC workers have suffered repeated attacks and threats from unknown gunmen.
The drop is estimated at about 2000 tons in the space of a month .In the absence of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), the second largest exporter of the country which is suffering from the socio-political crisis prevailing in the English-speaking regions of the North-West and South-West, there are fears the drop may continue.
The leader of the local market, Plantations de Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary of the French group Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille exported 90 percent of the produce during this period.