Banana and Plantain Market Overview in Cameroon
In value terms, banana and plantain production totaled $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Overall, production enjoyed a buoyant expansion. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015 with an increase of % year-to-year. Banana and plantain production peaked in 2019 and is likely to see gradual growth in the immediate term.
In 2019, the average yield of bananas and plantains in Cameroon stood at tonnes per ha, therefore, remained relatively stable against 2018. In general, the yield recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 with an increase of % year-to-year. The banana and plantain yield peaked at tonnes per ha in 2017; however, from 2018 to 2019, the yield stood at a somewhat lower figure. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
The banana and plantain harvested area in Cameroon rose to ha in 2019, growing by % against the previous year. The harvested area increased at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007 to 2019; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded in certain years. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011 when the harvested area increased by % against the previous year. The banana and plantain harvested area peaked at ha in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2019, the harvested area failed to regain the momentum.
The value of the banana and plantain market in Cameroon rose slightly to $ in 2019, growing by % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Overall, consumption saw a resilient increase. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2015 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market reached the maximum level in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the immediate term.