Nampula, Mozambique, 22 Oct – The cashew nut commercialisation season kicks off today in Nampula province, with forecasts indicating production of more than 50,000 tonnes, reports the Maputo-based daily Noticias.
The commercialisation campaign was previously done by region but this year the government decided to do it by province, preventing it in other areas without official authorisation. The aim is to guarantee that wholesale raw material exports begin only after the supply to Mozambique’s processing plants is assured.
Nampula is the top cashew producer and the second province to begin commercialisation after Cabo Delgado, where it began last week. Next in line is Zambezia province.
Sector authorities hope to attain production of 96,000 tonnes this year, the same amount as last year.
The Cashew Promotion Institute (Incaju) has announced that conditions are in place to achieve the production target, noting for example the favourable weather in the main producing provinces, specifically Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Zambezia.
At present the main emphasis is on efforts to reposition production capacity by distributing seed stock and fighting diseases affecting cashew trees. The government aims to triple current production levels, which range from 1.3 million to 1.5 million plants. (macauhub)