By Emmanuel Tumanjong
YAOUNDE, Cameroon-Fear of the coronavirus has knocked prices paid for arabica coffee and sent away buyers of the crop at farmgates this week in Cameroon's North West Region, farmers and middlemen traders told Dow Jones Newswires on Monday.
A kilogram of arabica coffee sold in the North West Region this week for 1,250 CFA francs ($2.10), down 9% from XA1,375 the week before.
The absence of buyers at the coffee farmgates comes after Cameroon's government intensified social distancing rules in its fight against the new coronavirus.
Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie said Sunday that Cameroon's Covid-19 cases have jumped to 139 from 66 last week, with six deaths.
The North West Region accounts for around 40% of the country's annual arabica coffee production, according to official data
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