The FERMENCAM bag whiskey production plant was the victim of a fire on the 1st of January 2017. The fire broke out at its premises in Minkwelle district in the Douala 4 district. The equipment is registered at the FERMECAM factory and 4 neighboring buildings, including the public nursery school in Minkwelle.
The general management of the damaged factory estimates losses at billions of FCFA. Nearly 17 billion FCFA in stock of consumed products. Also, nearly 12 billion FCFA recorded as losses for the brewery factory and production equipment including the new migration unit went up in smoke. The management counts about 02 billion losses in logistics and vehicles.
Faced with this crisis, the government of Cameroon went to the company disaster to bring comfort. The Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development Ernest Ngwaboubou, was in Douala this Friday 05 January 2018 to see the extent of the damage and convey to the 850 employees concerned by this incident the compassion of the Government. Ernest Ngwaboubou reassured the 850 employees: “The government shares their sorrow. We will see together what the government can do to bring this company back on a new foundation. I spoke with the PCA privately. He told me, the 850 jobs will be preserved. ”
During the closed session that followed the visit to the site, there was talk of addressing the issue of the migration of the packaging of whiskey bagged to the bottled. Indeed, a joint decree signed by the Minister of Health, the Ministry of Commerce, and that of industry on September 12, 2014 prohibited the importation, production and marketing of pouch whiskey in Cameroon. 24 months were given to local businesses to comply. Only since September 2016, the migration was not yet effective. And as main loss FERMENCAM declares the destruction of the new migration unit.
In spite of this disaster, the FERMENCAM company will have to align itself with the aim of the master plan of industrialization. Which plan provides sanitation and the emergence of a real local industry for the production of spirits, able to conquer foreign markets.