Economie

Cocoa & Coffee Fertilizers: Government To Distribute Over 2,200 tons

The estimate for 2019 was made known during the fourth steering committee meeting of the Support Project for the Use of Fertilizers in the Cocoa and Coffee Sub-sectors (SPUF2C).

Government, through the Support Project for the Use of Fertilizers in the Cocoa and Coffee Sub-sectors (SPUF2C), intends to distribute some 2,242.25 tons of fertilizers this year to farmers in cocoa and coffee production zones across the country. The information was made known in Yaounde, Thursday January 3, 2019, during the fourth steering committee meeting of SPUF2C.

According to officials of SPUF2C, 402.8 tons of cocoa fertilizers will be shared to farmers, to cover an estimated 2,014 hectares of farmland. The allotment of fertilizers for coffee is estimated to be 1,215 tons for Robusta coffee, covering 6,075 hectares and 624.45 tons for Arabica coffee to fertilize 3,122.25 hectares. The Project team will also follow-up with the distribution of fertilizers bought in 2018 but which were not dispense to farmers for one reason or the other.

Bernard Awasume, Coordinator of the Support Project for the Use of Fertilizers in the Cocoa and Coffee Sub-sectors, told Cameroon Tribune that the Project faced a lot of difficulties in 2018 in production regions in the North West and South West which were not accessible because of the socio-political crisis raging in the restive regions. “Notwithstanding, an important stock of fertlizers still pending will be used this year,” he said. Going by Awasume, this year is crucial for the project as they will use the period to distribute in the restive areas, hundreds of litres of fertilizers counting for 2018 and 2019 stocks.

In 2018, SPUF2C distributed 84,881 litres of fertizers for cocoa, Robusta and Arabic coffee. The project was also evaluated last year after its three years of existence.

Cameroon aims to produce 600,000 tons of cocoa, 125,000 tons of Robusta coffee and 35,000 tons of Arabica by 2020. It is in this light that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Henri Eyebe Ayissi, urged team members of SPUF2C to redouble their efforts as the deadline draws near. “I count on your contribution to help boost production,” the Minister told SPUF2C officials.

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