#COVID19: Cameroon Rubber Production Improves Despite Pandemic

During the pandemic, there were new rubber plantations, fruit of the rehabilitation and extension of plantations undertaken by agro-industrial outfits.

Cameroon produced 15,000 tons more of rubber in 2020, bringing its total annual production to 60,000 tons as against 45,000 tons in 2019, the government said. 

According to the Technical Commission for the Rehabilitation of Enterprises in the Public and Para-public Sectors, this increase in production was realised despite the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has had as consequence, a slow-down in the activities of rubber producing companies.

During the pandemic, there were new rubber plantations, fruit of the rehabilitation and extension of plantations undertaken by agro-industrial outfits involved in the production and transformation of rubber, such as  HEVECAM, SAFACA, South Cameroun Rubber and the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC).

The hike in production observed in 2020 continued in 2021 and is expected to extend to the end of 2022, the Technical Commission revealed.

In the second semester of 2021, the Central Bank of Central African States (BEAC) announced in its provisional review on the economic situation, an augmentation in the production of rubber in Cameroon and other countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

Gabriel Mbairobe, Cameroon’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has revealed that rubber production in 2022 would increase by 6,667 tons, thanks to fallouts from the project for the development of rubber and oil palms which gives assistance to small farmers.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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