Mozambique’s cashew production exceeds projections

5 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 March – Mozambique’s cashew producers have already sold 75,997 tons of nuts in the 2006/2007 season, which exceeds projections from the National Cashew Institute (Incaju) by 1 percent, Filomena Maiopue said in Maputo last week.

Maiopue, director of Incaju, told journalists that most of the cashew nuts were sold in the provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country, an area in which the season is already over.

According to the director of Incaju some provinces exceeded their targets, as is the case with Zambezia, which had a target of 10,000 tons and produced 12,133 tons.

But the main cashew production province, Nampula fell short of its 45,000 ton target by 3,000 tons, due to forest fires that destroyed many cashew trees.

Maiopue also said that so far 16,000 tons of unprocessed cashews had been exported to India and that the finally figure would be around 20,000 tons.

In the 2005/2006 season, Mozambique exported 26,349 tons of unprocessed cashew nuts, which earned US$14.6 million.

During that season Mozambique’s cashew processing factories bought 21,943 tons of nuts and are expected to buy 30,000 tons this year. (macauhub)