Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Oct – Mozambique is seeking to raise its cashew production to 250,000 tons yearly in the next five to 10 years to restore its position as one of the world’s biggest producers of the cash crop, the Noticias newspaper cited Santos Frijone of the Economics Department of the Cashew Promotion Institute (INCAJU) as saying.
To reach this production target INCAJU wants to raise annual replacement of plants from 1.5 million to 3 million. In recent years replanting of cashew plantations with more disease-resistant strains has allowed average annual production to climb to 80,000 tons.
Mozambique was the world’s biggest cashew producer in the 1970s. The industry began to decline in the 1980s due to climate factors, ageing of plants and the appearance of various diseases.
Cashew production almost ceased completely in the 1990s due to policies forced on Mozambique by the World Bank. (macauhub)