Anglophone Crisis: Cocoa Farmers Flee into Bushes Fearing Unrest, Output Affected

Douala - Cocoa farmers “have escaped into the bushes for fear of the unrest,” said Michael Ndoping, the director general of the National Cocoa and Coffee Board. 

The total impact of the conflict won’t be quantifiable until the end of the season in September, he said.

The disruption of farming activities in the Northwest and Southwest regions exacerbate a decline in output from the smaller mid-crop, said Ndoping. 
Cocoa Producers  Flee Unrest 

Cocoa prices in Cameroon are surging as farmers in the biggest producing regions flee an escalating conflict between government forces and a movement that wants independence for English-speaking territories.

Producer pay in the world’s fifth-biggest cocoa grower jumped by more than two-fifths in the week through July 3, compared with the previous seven days, according to figures from the Cameroon National Association of Cocoa and Coffee Producers. 

Protests against the dominance of the use of French in courts and schools in English-speaking regions, which account for about a fifth of the population, have turned violent since last year. Some secessionists have taken up arms that in turn prompted a crackdown by armed forces.

Cameroon produced an estimated 246 000 metric tons of cocoa in the season through September 2017, accounting for about 5.2 percent of global output, according to data from the International Cocoa Organisation. - Bloomberg 


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