Mozambique to continue focusing on increasing cashew production

30 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 30 Aug – Mozambique plans to continue focusing on cashew production, by distributing saplings and combating diseases that affect the cashew trees, the assistant national director for the cashew institute (INCAJU) said in Maputo.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Raimundo Matule said that in the short term the government’s priority was to increase current distribution levels three-fold from between 1.3 million and 1.5 million plants.

On announcing the hosting this month of the 5th Annual Conference of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), Matule also said that Mozambique did not have research products applied in sufficient quantity, which was why it was only distributing four varieties of cashew tree, at a time when countries like India have around 50 varieties.

In terms of sales, Matule noted some deficiencies with working together with local authorities with a view to implementing a regulated process by applying regulations, namely sale of cashew nuts based on their quality.

Currently the Mozambican cashew industry requires 40,000 tons of cashews per year, which means that the country is forced to export the surplus production of around 50,000 tons in an unprocessed state.

Mozambique exports cashew nuts to some European Union (EU) countries, the United States, South Africa and, recently, to some Middle Eastern markets. (macauhub)