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part, rose by 9.8% to 29,762 tons. The recovery in output is mainly linked to the supervision of pro- ducers, the intensification of phytosanitary treat- ment of plantations and the promotion of local processing. Robusta coffee exports are 0.8% down and Arabica coffee exports 3% compared to 2015. In addition, local processing is gro- wing with a quantity of processed coffee of 3,786 tons in 2016 compared to 448 tons in 2015. This situation is attributable to the moder- nization of the UCCAO production line and the increase in demand.
Government’s endeavours to increase production included: the distribution of 2,555,600 Arabica coffee seedlings and 854,500 of Robusta; the pro- duction of 2,459,216 rooted cuttings of Robusta and 2,459,216 of Arabica; the rehabilitation and maintenance of 17 ha of Arabica seed fields and 31 ha of Robusta woodland; the distribution of 246,272 bags of fungicides and 17,875 litres of insecticides for the treatment of the orchard.
In the first half of 2017 and year-on-year, Arabica coffee exports decreased by 10% and Robusta exports by 2.5%.
In 2016, rubber production fell by 12.8% on 2015 to stand at 41,923 tons. This decline is
mainly linked to aging trees and adverse weather conditions. Exports fell by 13.4%. The main com- pany in the sector, HEVECAM, has invested 13.1 billion for the renewal of plantations. The invest- ments are financed by a pool of local banks.
In the first half of 2017 and year-on-year, natural rub- ber production fell by 11.6% and exports by 4.7%.
In 2016, seed cotton production was 258,000 tons, down 11% on 2015; that of cotton fiber fell by 14.5% to 91,970 tons. The decline in pro- duction is due to adverse weather conditions and insecurity caused by Boko Haram. Exports are down 14.8% compared to 2015.
In the first half of 2017 and year-on-year, cotton fiber production is down 36.7% and exports up 14.6%.
In 2016, export banana production increased by 5.1% on 2015 to reach 381,525 tons. The good production performance is linked to the use of improved plant material and the increase of culti- vated areas. Committed funds totalled 25 billion, up 39.7% on 2015. This was for the acquisition of “vitro plants”, fertilizers, pesticides and packa- ging. Quantities exported increased by 4.1%.
Policies for the development of the sector still focus, among others, on the fields’ productivity and competitiveness

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