Cameroon seeks to improve Cocoa bean quality after declines

JOHANNESBURG – Cameroon is taking steps to encourage farmers to grow better quality cocoa after a deterioration in last year’s crop resulted in lower prices for the country’s beans.

About 90% of Cameroon’s cocoa exports in the season through July were classed as Grade 2, the second of three quality ratings for beans, according to Trade Minister Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga.

That compared with 97% previously and meant that Cameroonian cocoa was about 200 CFA Francs ($0.37) per kilogram cheaper than international prices for the chocolate ingredient, he said.

Cameroon, the world’s fifth-largest cocoa producer, has distributed 1,800 new, modern dryers to …read more