Cameroon launches its cocoa marketing campaign by offering dryers to producers
About 276 dryers were offered last Friday to the cocoa producers of the South-west Region of Cameroon, a region which contributes approximately 40 % to the national cocoa production.
The dryers are sort of ovens which reduce the drying time from seven days to 24 hours. So the risks are fewer for cocoa to get rotten than when the drying period takes too long. Unlike the beans dried on tarred roads, those from the dryers are free of the smell of the tar.
Last May, during the 2016-2017 cocoa-harvesting campaign, the selling price on the international market suffered the biggest drop since 2012. This fall in prices caused Cameroon, the fourth biggest cocoa producer in Africa and the sixth in the world, to emphasize on the quality of its beans so as to have the opportunity to sell its production.
“We must ensure good quality for our products, which is fundamental to marketing efficiency. The objective is to put up on sale only well fermented and dried cocoa, high-grade cocoa, which will always be sold at decent price levels”, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana said at the dryers’ presentation ceremony in Munyenge.
« They are dryers made with a five-millimeter thick steel. With them, cocoa can be dried in 24 hours instead of seven days for the natural drying method», said Joel Atangana Owona, the coordinator of the Rehabilitation Project of Cocoa Dryers in the South-West and Littoral Basin Production, the project offering the dryers.