Cameroon Cocoa Exports Down from Last Year
Cameroon, the world's fifth cocoa grower, has exported 152,941 metric tons of cocoa beans from the start of the 2013/14 season to end-June, down from 203,220 metric tons in the corresponding previous season, the National Cocoa and Coffee Board said on Thursday.
The roughly 25 percent fall in total exports came despite higher shipments in June when 4,256 metric tons of cocoa left ports compared with 2,305 metric tons for the same month last year and 2,268 tonnes in May.
NCCB indicated that there were 11 exporters for the month, down from 13 in May, with Producam exporting a hefty 1,003 metric tons, followed by Olam Cam with 983 tonnes and Telcar Cocoa Ltd with 853 metric tons.
Cameroon's cocoa season runs from August 1 to July 31, with the main harvest period from October to January/February and the light crop harvest period from April/May to June/July.
The NCCB says it foresees national production of the country's main crop increasing to about 235,000 metric tons in the ongoing 2013/14 season from 228,948 in 2012/2013.
(Reporting by Tansa Musa; Editing by Emma Farge)