Mozambique’s cashew nut production set to rise this year

6 August 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Aug – Production of cashew nut in Mozambique could increase by 5,000 tons to reach 80,000 tons this year due to replanting of many trees and control of crop disease, media have reported.

The Noticias newspaper, citing sources in the National Cashew Institute (Incaju), said 3.5 million cashew trees have been sprayed this year to combat fungal disease affecting the plants, particularly in the flowering season.

The spraying program was begun in May and Inacaju said the initiative is most concentrated in the provinces of Zambezia, Sofala, Nampula and Cabo Delgado due to the strategic importance of the cashew harvest to these regions.

Nearly 3.2 million cashew trees were sprayed last year and total production of the cash crop was around 75,000 tons.

Filomena Maiopue, director of Incaju, said there were additional factors that could boost annual cashew output this year, such as favorable weather, but “uncontrolled burning” of plants could also prevent the reaching of “an average production of 80,000 tons.”

Maiopue noted that Mozambique only processed around 20,000 tons of its national cashew production, slightly less than last year. This fall in output of processed nuts as due to management problems at two plants in Nampula province, Mozambique’s largest cashew producing region. (macauhub)