Mozambique: Inhambane province predicts sale of 8,000 tons of cashew nuts in current growing season

3 December 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Dec – Mozambique’s southern province of Inhambane forecasts cashew sales of 8,000 tons of cashew nuts in the present harvesting season, Jaime Chissico, provincial director of the National Cashew Institute (Incaju), told macauhub.

Incaju’s director said the previous cashew campaign registered sales of 9,540 tons of cashew nuts. This year’s harvest, lower than the 2007/08 season, has been affected by lack of rainfall at specific tines in the south of Mozambique. Chissico also said this year’s cashew production will be reduced because of poor prices for the cash crop.

A kilo of cashew nuts reached 12 meticais in the previous growing season, but forecasts for this year are for a price of 6 meticais per kilo.

Inhambane province has three cashew processing plants, although only one of these is currently operating. Chissico said a second factory will enter service this year in the district of Zavala in southern Inhambane. (macauhub)