The Compagnie Fruitière subsidiary is to increase the land under banana cultivation it already operates in southern Cameroon by 27%.
The Société des plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), an agro-foods company run by Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille, is planning to create a new banana plantation on over 1,976 acres in Dehane, a district located in the Ocean department in the southern region of Cameroon. This information was revealed in a call for tenders published on July 7, 2014 by the agro-industrial company regarding “the acquisition of complete under-tree irrigation equipment”. PHP is the banana industry leader in Cameroon, accounting for 45% of national production. It is the fruit of the merger-acquisition of Société des bananeraies de la Mbome (SBM), de la Société des plantations nouvelles de Penja (SPNP) and Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP). The company exported 55,518 tonnes of banana out of the 133,000 tonnes exported by Cameroon for the first half of 2014. Its annual production is estimated to be 120,000 tonnes, according to the Cameroon Banana Association (Assobacam).
The General Secretary of Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU), Chalres Mbide Kude, welcomed news of the expansion, ‘We hope that Compagnie Fruitiere, as active members of the World Banana Forum, will continue to work towards more sustainable production, including the provision of decent Work.'