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After Oku White Honey, Penja Pepper – Cameroon Red Cocoa Undergoes Certification Process

Cameroon Tribune | The cocoa beans unique to Cameroon will be the country’s third agricultural product to be recognized under the Protected Geographic Indication of the African Intellectual Property Organisation.

The certification process to get Cameroon’s red cocoa labelled under the Protected Geographic Indication of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has been launched. The initiation of the procedure to certify the country’s third agricultural product, after Oku white honey and Penja pepper, took place in Yaounde, Wednesday July 17.

The launching ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development cum President of the National Committee for the Promotion and Coordination of Geographic Indications in Cameroon, Gabriel Mbairobe. A host of members of government marked present.

According to the Deputy Director General of OAPI, Jean-Baptiste N. Wago, the certification process is expected to last two years. It will mainly consist of delimiting production zones and organizing producers into organizations and common initiative groups.Wago also said a guideline will be put in place to ensure better post-harvest processing in order to ensure good quality of the red cocoa beans.

To Minister Mbairobe, Cameroon’s red cocoa is historic and reputable. “Its certification will boost rural development, secure better prices for farmers and enable them earn good income, thereby increasing their standards of living,” Mbairobe said.

The Minister is optimistic that once the red cocoa is certified, it will cause urban-rural migration and the country’s development will have a big push from rural areas. A little over 17 per cent of Cameroon’s non-petroleum export comes from cocoa and about 800 families earn a living from the cultivation of the cash crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Many producers have welcomed the development.

Ndoye Ndoye Cyprien, a cocoa farmer in Ngomedzapin the Nyong & So’o Division, told Cameroon Tribune he is looking forward to specific training related to the production of red cocoa, especially post-harvest processing. “I can’t wait the expected increase in the price per kilogram of the red cocoa beans once its certified by OAPI,” Ndoye Ndoye said. Feasibility studies towards the certification of Cameroon Red Cocoa were launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Mines, Industries and Technological Development.

The process is being supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) in Cameroon. Products under OAPI’s Protected Geographic Indication have specific qualities in relation to soil type, climate, amongst others.

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7 comments

  1. #1) What exactly is OAPI? The explanation of an abbreviation ought to match the letters that compose it.

    #2) When producers “can’t wait to know the pricing” of their own products, there is a fundamental flaw that pompous abbreviations like OAPI tend to gloss over!!!!!!!

  2. That fake minister, is a new comer. Cocoa farmers have long seen everything
    there is to be seen. Keep wearing your tie and coat and go to the office instead of
    the farms, to see first hand how it all works in the field.
    Monkey work bambu chop cpdm ministers.

    • Camer believer (Colby)

      @Tuberculosis Joshua I think there is a screw missing in that coconut thing you call head now you want the minister to go to the farm you have been raising funds for terrorists to destroy when @KKPG said you were not normal I denied it but I think he was right.

  3. an export driven strategy of industrialization can enable a country to catch up and surpass its competitors,if it has captains of industry with a clear strategic approach.government has nothing to do here because our university graduates bearly understand what industrial transformation is about.if it was the case they would have developed strategies to push our farmers away from cocoa and coffee production to short season highly lucreative less labour intensive crops like soya beans,sunflower,wheat for flour,and corn.

    • @ Bah Acho, what will you say about cassava transformation to garri? Just your opinion.

  4. @ {Colby} if Ambazonians are terrorists as you and the likes of Biya / Co think,
    you and your dumb military / cpdm, are murderers, thieves, foreigners in Ambaland,
    rapists, lies tellers, Come no gos, have a president suffering from Alzhiema, etc etc.
    Good ridance, Ambalanders, are gone for good. Even the last living one, shall not
    mortgage Ambaland.

  5. Ambalanders, are gone. The 21st century, is not the 20th century. Our resolve,
    is so so grown now, than ever before. No turning back.

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