Garden Eggs: Exportation On The Rise

Export sprang from 18 tons in 2015 to 212 tons in 2017

In local parlance others, is not only consumed in most parts of the country, but it is also exported to neighbouring countries and out of Africa. The vegetable fruit that is eaten in its raw and cooked form, has known significant increase in production and commercialisation. Coupled with the health benefits it possesses, the vegetable is becoming a large scale produce with ever increasing demand both at home and abroad. Before 2015, the crop was cultivated only for family consumption, suddenly farmers took it to the market and people began liking it while it also attracted foreign eyes, thus, exportation. Going by statistics from Littoral’s Regional Delegation of Agriculture compiled by the Phytosanitary Police Post at the Douala International Airport, exportation of eggplant stood at 18 tons in 2015 and just a year later, it skyrocketed to 61 tons meaning exportation increased by 43 tons. Due to the health benefits especially as it lessens the risk of diabetes and some heart diseases, the Regional Delegate, Jean Claude Konde said people became more interested, demand increased and more farmers went into its cultivation. In 2017, exportation tripled from 61 tons to 212 tons, which is telling of the future of garden egg business in Cameroon. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say local commercialisation of the farm produce is more or equal to that exported. Though with no statistics to confirm the aforementioned statement, just the fact that trucks of garden egg enters Douala from Foumbot in the Noun Division of the West region, others from the North West Region and even the Centre Region, is telling of the larges cale cultivation of the vegetable. Eggplant is eaten in nearly all the localities in Cameroon and it is a delicacy to many especially in the West Region. When eaten raw or as soup or added to soup as thickener, contains a good amount of dietary fibre and minerals and also contains small proportion of protein, fat and carbohydrate. Both round-like green and long brown-like garden eggs are good for pregnant women, weight loss and as well as for blood purification. A basket of the dietary fibrerich vegetable cost between FCFA 2,500 and 3,000 in the Sandaga market in Douala..

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