(Business in Cameroon) - The University of Ngaoundéré is currently promoting local beers produced by its biochemistry students.
According to the university, the students produced the local beers in laboratories using cassava and millet. They named the first "Mbong" (as cassava is called locally) and the second one is "Sembe" (millet in the local dialect).
The university informs that the beers are an alternative to fill the raw materials’ deficit that usually forces brewing companies to resort to importations to meet their corn Gritz needs (in 2019, Cameroon’s corn production deficit was about 500,000 tons).
For instance, Maïserie du Cameroun (Maïscam), one of the large agribusiness companies operating in the Northern region, produces just 10,000 tons of grits yearly. That production is usually quickly absorbed by SABC leaving no other choice to the other brewing companies (UCB, Guinness...) than to import their needs.
The imports affect the trade balance and cause the country to tap into its foreign reserves.