A cashew research centre is due to start operating in Mozambique this year, as part of an initiative set up by the Mozambican and Chinese government, said Filomena Maiopué, director of the Cashew Institute (Incaju).
According to daily newspaper Notícias the two governments plan to spend 150 million meticals (US$5 million) over five years at the centre. The aim of the centre is to boost cashew production and yield, which will require identification, research and multiplication of cashew varieties with high potential and that are resistant to disease, which will later be distributed to farmers.
The centre will have licensed technicians who will receive additional Master and PhD training in and outside the country in order to improve the results of their work.
Maiopué said that negotiations between the Chinese and Mozambican governments, represented by Incaju and the Chinese Academy for Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), respectively, were underway with a view to releasing some funding in order to start construction work. (macauhub)