Cocoa and Coffee Board Cameroon - Coffee production in Cameroon has slumped by more than half from 38,127 tonnes in 2011 to 16,142 tonnes in 2013, official sources said on Tuesday.
According to the Chairman of the Executive Council of the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB), Apollinaire Ngwe, the decline followed a decline in production and export of robusta coffee variety that represents 95 per cent of Cameroon's production.
This fell from 34,072 tonnes during the 2011-2012 season to 14,724 tonnes in 2012-2013 season, while arabica exports, another variety, inched up by 5.5 per cent from 2,392 tonnes to 2,523 tonnes between 2011 and 2013.
Faced with this decline, Cameroon plans to inject 750 million CFA francs to revamp the sector in the next five years.
Although the Central African nation produces coffee, the population prefers imported coffee.