Maputo, Mozambique, 1 Dec- Mozambique’s National Cashew Institute (Incaju) this year plans to launch a study to assess the impact of the informal sector on the sale of cashew nuts, said the institute’s director, Filomena Maiopué.
Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias the director of Incaju said that the study, which should take four months to be carried out, aims to get data to determine more clearly the average annual cashew nut production in Mozambique.
“When we talk about cashew nut production we are referring to the nuts sold, but there is a very important sector, which is informal, which is involved from the purchasing, domestic processing and domestic sale, both on an internal level and an external level, particularly to neighbouring countries,” noted the director of Incaju.
An initial study carried out with the involvement of students from Eduardo Mondlane University demonstrated that Mozambique’s real production could be double what is announced, a figure based on the amount of cashews sold on the official market.
It is estimated that over 1,400 families use cashews as their main source of income and in the current campaign 105,000 tons are expected to be sold, as compared to 113,000 tons last year. (macauhub)