Mozambique has enough cashews to set up more processing units

13 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 May – Mozambique produces enough cashew nuts to set up cashew processing units with an installed capacity of 32,900 tons per year, said the director of the National Cashew Institute (Incaju), Filomena Maiopue.

According to Mozambican newspaper Noticias, the director of Incaju mentioned the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Zambezia, Manica, Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza as having the best conditions to house cashew nut processing factories.

Maiopué, who was taking part in a working meeting on cashews, said that the installed capacity for processing the nuts had increased from 3,750 tons to 38,400 tons with the construction of 29 processing units since 2001.

The sector currently employs around 8,000 people, as compared to 12,000 when large factories were shut down in 2000, the year when the country opted to build small and medium-sized processing units.

Cashew trees are a permanent source of income for families in Mozambique and are part of the country’s food safety, with recent studies indicating that 55 percent of families that produce cashews generate 40 percent of their cash income from the crop. (macauhub)