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Cameroon Works With Japan, Islamic Development Bank to Boost Rice Output -Official
Monday, Jun 25, 2012
By Emmanuel Tumanjong
Special to Dow Jones Newswires
YAOUNDE, Cameroon--Cameroon is working with the Japanese government and the Islamic Development Bank to introduce high-yield strains of rice as part of efforts to increase the nation's rice output, a senior government official said Sunday.
The Cameroon government hopes to increase rice production by 36,000 tons annually by the year 2014, Jean Claude Eko'o Akouafane, secretary-general at the Ministry of Agriculture, said on state radio Sunday.
"Our mission is to grow rice throughout the country to cover the huge demand we're presently faced with," he said.
Cameroon imports more than 500,000 tons of rice annually--mostly from Thailand, China and Pakistan--to meet domestic demand of at least 650,000 tons, government data showed.
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