Mozambican government approves new measures for sale of cashews

15 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Oct – The campaign to sell cashew nuts in Mozambique will this year be implemented within each province, starting in Cabo Delgado, and sale in remaining provinces will not be permitted before official authorisation is granted, said the director of the national cashew institute (Incaju), Filomena Maiópuè.

Maiopué added that, under the terms of the approved schedule, after Cabo Delgado the next province to start the sales campaign would be Nampula, followed by Zambézia.

Speaking to daily newspaper Notícias, the Incaju director called for those involved in the campaign to keep to the established rules, at the risk of incurring penalties.

Amongst the adopted measures is the ban on export of unprocessed cashews without official authorisation, in order to encourage exports of processed cashews wit greater added value.

The second measure stipulates that operators should prevent transport of cashews between provinces, before sales campaigns have been launched by their respective governments.

Maiopué said that the introduction of these and other measures was part of a strategy to reorganise the process of selling cashew nuts, one of the strategic products for Mozambican exports.

Overall the country expects to sell just over 96,000 tons of raw cashews by the end of the campaign, the same amount as in the last campaign. (macauhub)