Maputo, Mozambique, 16 June – Mozambique is set to produce around 85,000 tons of cashew nuts in 2007, or an increase of 15,000 tons on the previous season, the national cashew institute (INCAJU) estimated.
Production could rise to 100,000 tons per year after three factories for processing cashews are set up in Zambezia, Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces.
The new start to the cashew processing industry will allow Mozambique to produce over 100,000 tons per year, as compared to 70,000 tons previously.
According to INCAJU, 13 of the 27 million cashew trees in the country will be sprayed this year against a blight which is considered to be the main reason for weak cashew production in Mozambique.
Last year, the cashew sector employed over 30,000 people.
In the 1990s, the World Bank imposed the end of an extra export tax on unprocessed cashew nuts and consequently the Mozambican processing industry lost its raw materials and went into bankruptcy. (macauhub)