According to figures published by the Banana producers’ association ASSOBACAM, the volume of banana exported reached 16,641 tons in December 2019. In December 2018, these exports were only at 15,605 tons, which means an overall year-on-year increase of 1,036 tons.
PHP, the local subsidiary of French Compagnie fruitière de Marseille and leader of the Cameroonian banana market, shipped 15,168 tons to international markets last December compared to the 14,343 tons it exported during the same period in 2018 (+825 tons).
As for Boh Plantations Plc, it exported 1,473 tons in December 2019, up by 211 tons compared with the 1,262 tons it exported during the same period in 2018.
The state-owned agribusiness company Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), which is bearing the brunt of the socio-political crisis in the Southwest, was still missing in the banana producers' database during that period.
This company, the country's second-largest employer after the public administration, has been at a standstill since September 2018, due to the insecurity created in its plantations by English-speaking separatists. Apart from raping workers, these separatists did not hesitate to set fire to some of CDC’s facilities.