Mozambique: Maputo and Bissau sign cashew research agreement

25 June 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 June – Mozambique and Guinea Bissau Tuesday in Maputo signed an agreement to carry out joint research in the cashew production sector and to share information on the common market in this area.

The agreement was signed by the president of the Commission for Development of the Guinea Bissau Cashew Sub-sector, André Lopes da Veiga, on a visit to Mozambique, and by the commission’s Mozambican counterpart, Incaju.

Speaking to journalists, Lopes da Veiga mentioned the advantages of the deal, taking into consideration, “the tradition of Mozambique in cashew nut production and the results it has achieved with this crop.”

Guinea Bissau can also share its experience of fighting diseases that affect cashew trees with Mozambique, as the East African country ahs not been affected by this problem, said Veiga.

With this in mind, professionals from both countries will Exchange genetic material of cashew trees in order to find species that are resistant to disease, “because a lot of money is spent here in Mozambique on fighting these diseases,” Veiga said.

Mozambique is set to produce around 95,000 tons of cashew nuts in the 2008-2009 harvest, whilst Guinea Bissau may produce up to 130,000 tonnes, with cashew nuts accounting for between 80 and 90 percent of the country’s exports. (macauhub)