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Cameroon's Banana Exports Drop 22% in April 2021, due to PHP's Underperformance

14.5.2021

In April 2021, operating banana producers in Cameroon exported a total of 13,186 tonnes. According to statistics compiled by the Banana Association of Cameroon, the export volume was down by 2,916 tons compared to that of April of last year (Assobacam). This 22.11% drop comes as the public agribusiness CDC, with exports of 1,354 tonnes in April 2021, joined the group of exporters, on which it did not appear in April 2020. 

Moreover, a more refined analysis of the statistics shows that this drop in the quantities of bananas shipped to the international market by producers in Cameroon in April 2021 results from the underperformance of the Haut Penja Plantation Company (PHP ). According to figures from Assobacam, this subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille saw its exports drop by 4,148 tonnes in April 2021, reaching a peak of only 10,817 tonnes, compared to 14,965 tonnes in April 2020. 

The same is true for Boh Plantations Plc, whose shipments of produce to the international market also fell by 122 tonnes. They dropped from 1,137 tonnes in April 2020 to just 1,015 tonnes year-on-year. 

Assobacam does not explain the reasons for this drop in exports. But, after the analysis, we can blame it on a much harsher dry season than in 2020 and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which has severely hampered the international logistics chain and slowed down sales import-export activities around the world. 

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