Robusta coffee export of Cameroon for the month of February has doubled to 1,699 tonnes up from 790 tonnes recorded the same period last year.
This increase comes few weeks after the launching of the 2015-2016 coffee season by Cameroon’s Minister of Trade, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana in Bafoussam.
According to statistics from the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB), there was no Arabica coffee exports in February. Arabica exports remain at 249 tonnes since the start of the 2014/15 season last October 1.
The Central African nation exported 1,208 tonnes of Robusta the previous month.
Data showed Olam Cam, the local unit of Singapore’s Olam International topped the exports chart with 373 tonnes of beans shipped abroad, followed by GIC Proba with 73 tonnes and Nealiko with 15 tonnes.
Cameroon is one of the few African countries that grows both Robusta and Arabica coffee but some of its production is reportedly smuggled to neighbouring Nigeria where it is believed that farmers receive a higher price.