Cameroon: Farmers weep over cocoa prices

Falling cocoa prices are forcing farmers to abandon cocoa production, the main cash crop in the South West Region.

The farmers’ anger has been triggered by continues falling prices despite increasing expenses on maintenance in the 2017 cocoa campaign that left most of the farmers in debts. A kg of cocoa at the peak season sold between 600-750 francs depending on the quality and where the farmer was.

Worst of all, most of the buyer’s, even regular cooperatives took the cocoa on credit, delivered in Douala before paying the farmers.

Apart from low prices, farmers had to wait sometimes for up…

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