Safacam

The Dizangué plantation, which is over a century old, is located in an exceptional natural site. In the nineteenth century this plantation was the region’s only agro-industrial centre, and since then has been responsible for unprecedented development in the Department of Sanaga-Maritime.

The plantation’s development began in 1897 with the acquisition of 4 000 ha of agricultural land. In the 1920s, rubber production underwent further growth in the Dizangué region, and the size of the concession increased by some 11 000 additional hectares. By this time, just under 7 000 hectares of grafted rubber trees had been planted. During the following decade, the construction of a rubber factory – opened in 1935 – was a landmark event in the history of the region.

The year 1962 saw the creation of Safacam (La Société Africaine Forestière et Agricole du Cameroun), which decided in 1973 to diversify its crops to include the oil palm.
The oil crisis of the 1970s led to food shortages, and vegetable oils were especially affected. The government was obliged to develop a ‘palm plan’, which was implemented by the National Investment Company, and the State took an 11 % stake in Safacam’s capital.

Today, Safacam’s investment policy is based around areas of focus that reflect the company’s values:
- Improving the efficiency of the production facilities;
- The updating of the company’s machinery;
- The extension of the rubber factory, operative in 2016;
- The renovation of housing and utilities.

Through this sustained investment policy, Safacam is able to remain true to its social responsibility commitments, the most important of which are the protection of the environment and support for local communities in their sustainable development.
Aware that Cameroon currently only produces about 50 % of national demand for palm oil, Safacam has undertaken to rejuvenate its plantations in order to optimise yields and conserve the environment.

Safacam, which is a linchpin of economic development in the Littoral province, is one of three listed companies on the Douala Stock Exchange.


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