DOUALA, Cameroon – A visiting German delegation of parliamentarians and economic operators, have officially requested the export of Cameroonian cocoa and coffee to Germany through an agreement signed on Tuesday in Douala between the two parties, reports APA.
The agreement penned by the German Cooperation Agency (GTZ) and the Inter-professional Council of Cocoa and Coffee (CICC) paves the way for partnership, which is expected to lead to the sale of the commodities to Germany as early as this year.
If for now the information has not been leaked about the quantity of exports, sources close to the agreement indicate that “Cameroonian cocoa and coffee are popular in Germany.”
It can be expected that in the coming years, Germany could become one of the largest consumers of these Cameroonian products, to the point of upsetting the Netherlands, which is the first importer of these products.
“We have hopes that in the future, the agreement with the German side also allows us to put an emphasis on the local processing of our products, with the objective of adding value to our economy,” CICC officials said.
During the 2014/2015 cocoa season, Cameroon produced 210,000 tonnes of cocoa and about 27,000 tonnes of coffee, which is still far from the objective of the 600,000 tonnes of cocoa and 200,000 tonnes of coffee projected by 2020.