The crisis resulting from the drop in international cocoa prices is the subject of great concern within the Cameroonian government. “This situation gives us insomnia,” said Trade Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana (photo). It was November 7, 2017, during the inauguration of the first center of excellence for post-harvest processing of cocoa in the Lékié division, the largest bean production basin in the country.
The concern of the public authorities is not only the number of people living from cocoa growing (500 000 producers and 10 000 families in the processing sector), the weight of the cocoa economy in Cameroon, but also and above all the characteristics of the Cameroonian bean that should be set a lot different on the international market.
“Its brick-red color attracts and its butter content is probably higher than that of other origins. With all this, we must make our way apart on the international market, “says Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana who urges Cameroonian producers to improve the quality of their product, in order to conquer” niche markets. This is the way of the future, “he says.
In order to support Cameroonian producers towards excellence in quality, said Minister Mbarga Atangana, the government, in partnership with the cocoa-coffee inter-branch, has undertaken to build centers of excellence for post-harvest processing in the country’s production basins.
The first infrastructure of this type was officially launched on November 7, in the presence of a delegation of the Confederation of chocolate and confectioners of France, which will participate this November 8 in Yaounde, the capital, at the 2017 edition of Festicacao , the international festival of Cameroonian cocoa.