High temperatures and April’s military incident affect cashew season in Guinea Bissau

9 June 2010

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 9 June – The director general for Trade in Guinea Bissau, Hélder Barros, said Tuesday in Bissau that high temperatures recorded in the country and the military intervention in April had affected the cashew season, the country’s main export product.

“High temperatures in April and May dried out the flowers at the peak of the season,” said Barros, noting that the events of 1 April had also “scared off many buyers.”

Barros said that the projection was now to achieve at least the figures of last year’s harvest, that is 136,000 tons, as compared to a previous target of 150,000 tons.

Barros noted that, if Guinea Bissau managed to reduce or prevent illegal sales of cashews in the country, “it would be able to export 150,000 tons or more,” taking into consideration that last season around 50,000 tons of cashews left for neighbouring countries illegally.

Cashews are Guinea Bissau’s main export product and India is the main market to buy the product. (macauhub)