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Cameroon Farmers Ask Government to Quicken Coffee Seedling Delivery

20 Aug 2017 10:32 am

By Emmanuel Tumanjong

YAOUNDE, Cameroon--Arabica coffee farmers in Cameroon petitioned the West African nation's government this week to accelerate the distribution of seedlings aimed at boosting the crop.

"We've written to the government to speed up the distribution of arabica coffee seedlings, so that we start planting, else the seeds won't be useful again when the rains stop in the months ahead," arabica producers said in the query.

The call comes after Agriculture Minister Henri Eyebe Ayissi announced in March that the government will freely offer 2.5 million arabica and robusta coffee seedlings to farmers under a plan to raise production of both crops.

Government authorities couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Mr. Ayissi had said that the project falls under Cameroon government's resolve to more than triple the nation's combined yearly robusta and arabica coffee harvest to about 125,000 metric tons by 2020.

Unfavorable weather conditions and aging plants have stunted Cameroon's coffee yields for years to around 30,000 tons year-on-year, according to government and industrial data.

Write to Emmanuel Tumanjong at realtimedesklondon@dowjones.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 20, 2017 06:32 ET (10:32 GMT)

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