Yaoundé - 08 July 2020 -

Subsistence farming: The Minader fears a slight decline in production this year due to the Covid-19

Subsistence farming: The Minader fears a slight decline in production this year due to the Covid-19
  • Comments   -   Wednesday, 24 June 2020 15:34

(Business in Cameroon) - According to the Ministry in charge of Agriculture (Minader), Cameroon could experience a slowdown in the "subsistence farming" sector. The sector is expected to grow by 3% in 2020 against 3.7% in 2019 due to the global health crisis caused by the covid-19, the security crisis in the North-West and South-West regions that are major production areas, and the adverse effects of climate change.

The  Minader nevertheless indicates that the sector should regain its former momentum thanks to government measures aimed at supplying foodstuffs in the national market (households and industries). For instance, to reduce the risks of shortages, the Ministry of Agriculture encouraged the cultivation of short-cycle subsistence products when launching the agricultural campaign in the first quarter of 2020.

In that regard, it provided farmers with 141,000 certified cassava cuttings, 60 tons of certified rainfed rice seeds, 1.5 million banana plants, 200 tons of potatoes, 6 million cocoa plants, and support for the development of market gardening. 

Via these actions, public authorities hope to boost production to the level reached in 2019. During that year, there was a significant increase in the production of most agricultural commodities including cassava, potatoes, plantain, maize, etc.. This increase, according to the Minader, is attributable to the upward trend in the creation of new farms (palm groves, cocoa plantations, etc.) and the processing of agricultural products through the development of value chains.


The financial statements of Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) reveal a deficit of CFAF 2.2 billion at the end of the financial year...
On July 1, 2020, Afriland First Bank Democratic Congo (CD), one of the eleven subsidiaries of the banking group founded by Cameroonian billionaire Paul K....
To combat unemployment, the Cameroonian government intends to create 100,000 jobs over the 2020-2025 period. To achieve this, the government plans to...
In Cameroon, transit time was reduced from 40 to 5 days by the end of Q1-2020 thanks to digitalization and telecommuting, according to the single window...

Mags frontpage

Business in Cameroon n88: June 2020

Covid 19 Its impacts so far

Emmanuel de Tailly (SABC) : «Preserving jobs at all costs»

Investir au Cameroun n98 Juin 2020

Covid 19 Et maintenant, l’étendue des dégâts

Emmanuel de Tailly (SABC) : «Maintenir l’emploi coûte que coûte »