Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cocoa/Coffee Sector: New Generation Programme Ignites Hopes

Statistics show that cocoa production in Cameroon will reach 269,495 tons during the 2015-2016 campaign season with expectation that by 2020 production may reach 600 000 tons. However, prospects are high at that Cameroon could reach its target with the contribution from initiatives such as the New Generation programme which was initiated since 2012 by the Interprofessional Council of Cocoa and Coffee (CICC).  This is so because the New Generation Programme is already displays flattering results especially with the involvement of youths. Sources say over 1400 hectares of new cocoa farms and coffee has already been developed with over 1,000 young farmers. Indicators are rife at that the 2015/16 figure surpassed the central African country's previous record of 240,000 tons during the 2010/11 season. Output since then has fluctuated due to pests, crop diseases and prolonged dry seasons.
According to the Minister of Commerce, Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga "this programme is only a few years yet demonstrates efficiency and effectiveness. He made the flattering statement at the opening of the first International Forum of young New Generation organized by the CICC and the Ministry of Commerce. It should be noted that the forum was the first joint international Cocoa festival that offered an opportunity for young farmers to share ideas, knowledge and experiences. And, this is also an opportunity to discover young people that make cocoa farming a business.

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