Cameroon: UCCAO exported 600 tonnes of Arabica coffee in 2013

Cameroon: UCCAO exported 600 tonnes of Arabica coffee in 2013

(Business in Cameroon) – According to the Managing Director of the Central Union of Western Agricultural Cooperatives (UCCAO), François Mefinja Foka, the organisation exported approximately 600 tonnes of Arabica coffee in 2012-2013. This performance in exports is superior to that of the previous season.

Without making a statistical forecast, heads of UCCAO, one of the largest cooperatives in Cameroon, intend to increase their production and export capacity in 2014. They plan to take advantage of the support provided through the coffee sector emergency restart plan announced by the Interprofessional Council for Coffee and Cocoa (CICC) in collaboration with the Cameroonian government and the European Union.

UCCAO’s rise in Arabica coffee exports in 2013 attests to the general trend of how the coffee variety performed on the local market during the last season. According to the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (ONCC), Arabica exports in 2012-2013 have climbed by 5.5%, going from 2,392 to 2,523 tonnes. The leading destination for Cameroonian Arabica coffee is Germany, representing 57.2% of 2013’s production

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