Informal cashew nut processing to receive support

24 July 2014

Mozambique’s Cashew Institute (Incaju) will start providing informal cashew processors with small husking units and packages for storing the product, the national director for the institute said in Nampula.

Filomena Maiopué said that the support would be provided to informal cashew nut processors based in the provinces considered to be potential producers of the crop which, according to statistical data, involves around half a million families.

Estimates from Incaju on national cashew production last season point to total production of around 60,000 tons, and half of that amount is expected to be processed through informal channels.

The national director of Incaju said that one of the aims of the campaign was to improve the quality of cashew packaging as a way of attracting customer sand adding value to the product.

According to daily newspaper Notícias, Maiopué also said that informal cashew processors should organise themselves into an association to have access to husking units and packaging. (macauhub/MZ)