(Business in Cameroon) - During 2015, Cameroon overtook Côte d’Ivoire as top producer of banana in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) zone, with a record production of 278,450 tons, the Head of the European Union delegation in Cameroon, Françoise Collet, just revealed.
At the same time, we learned, Cameroon who was already the main African supplier of banana to the European Union, becomes 5th producer of this fruit globally, behind Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
This performance, as highlighted by Françoise Collet, Cameroon owes it in part to initiatives funded by the European Union, to improve the banana production in Cameroon, in terms of quality and quantity, and to ensure exports in the best conditions.
Indeed, for some years now and to this end, the EU has been implementing in Cameroon two programmes funded with approximately FCfa 38 billion. These are the Programme to Support the Customs Modernisation Plan (PAPMOD) and the Banana Support Measures Programme (MAB).
As a reminder, banana is the 3rd export product in Cameroon, after crude oil and wood logs or sawn wood. Then followed by cocoa and cotton.