Cameroon banana exports has dropped by 30.000 tons.
According to statistics from the Association of Banana production of Cameroon, ASSOBACAM, banana producers in Cameroon exported 249,610 tons throughout 2016. The statistics reveal a decrease of nearly 30,000 tons compared to the 279,493 tons of bananas exported in 2015.
The drop, relegates the country to 2nd place in Africa. Banana producers have blamed the declining trend to heavy rains which caused rivers to overflow, creating floods in 1,300 hectares of banana plantations.
Côte d’Ivoire now tops the African chart following the arrival of two new companies more than a year ago, namely Société Ivoiro-Antillaise de Production Agricole (SIAPA) and Bananes Antilles-Côte d’Ivoire (BANACI). Ivorian banana production resumed its rising curve, reaching 280,000 tons according to statistics revealed by Commodafrica, beating Cameroon’s 30,000 tons.