(Business in Cameroon) - The Cameroonian government will soon launch a development programme for its horticultural sector, financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), we learned at the end of a workshop organised in Douala on 16 and 17 May. The meeting, we learned, was meant to identify the levers on which it is necessary to act, to give an impulse to the development of horticulture in Cameroon.
Labelled “Fit For Market” (FFM), this programme is meant to support the horticultural sectors in African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, whose main horticultural products exported to European Union territories are increasingly in demand.
These are particularly banana, with Cameroon being the main producer in ACP countries in 2015, before passing the leadership to Côte d’Ivoire in 2016, after the national production dropped by 30,000 tons.
But according to Jeremy Knops, Programme Director at Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), in addition to banana, Cameroon has other products such as sweet potato, cassava, plantains, papaya or mango, which could also be exported to EU countries.