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Robusta and Arabica Coffee Sent From Cameroon Dropped in January

February 24, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Shipments of robusta from Cameroon, central Africa’s biggest coffee grower, dropped 85 percent in January, while arabica exports plummeted, according to a joint report from the Cocoa and Coffee Board and the Cocoa and Coffee Interprofessional Board.

Robusta-bean exports dropped to 252 metric tons from 1,708 tons a year earlier, the institutions said in an e-mailed report from the port city of Douala today. Arabica exports fell to 60 kilograms (132.3 pounds) from 12 tons the year before, the report said.

Exports for robusta came from three companies with Olam International Ltd.’s Cameroonian unit shipping the most at 180 metric tons followed by Continaf BV unit GIC Proba with 54 tons. The North West Cooperative Association Ltd. was the lone exporter for arabica, the report showed.

Total exports for robusta reached 461 tons since the season started in December while arabica shipments stand at 61 tons since the crop harvest began in October.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Ben Holland

To contact the reporter on this story: Pius Lukong in Yaounde via Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net


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