Cameroon farmgate cocoa prices fell in August as major buying was delayed by drought in some regions, farmers said on Wednesday.

Prices ranged from 1,000 CFA francs ($1.72) per kilogramme of cocoa in the southwest to 1,200 CFA francs in the centre of the central African country, producers said, down from prices as high as 1,700 CFA in July.

"The crops are lagging behind because of a long drought," said southwest cocoa producer Andrew Nya.

Cameroon's cocoa season runs from Aug. 1 to July 1, with a main harvest cycle from October to January/February and a light crop harvest period from April/May to June/July.

Below are the average farmgate prices in CFA francs per kg recorded throughout the growing regions:

Region District Price (in Price (in


francs) francs)

per kg in per kg in

July August

Southwest Mamfe 1450 1050

Konye 1400 1050

Muyuka 1400 1000

Koumba 1400 1100

Centre Mbalmayo 1700 1150

Emana 1700 1200

Bafia 1500 1100

South Ebolowa 1450 1200

Sangmelima 1400 1100

East Bertoua 1350 1200

Yokadouma 1375 1150

($1 = 582.1900 CFA francs)