Mozambique plans to produce 100,000 tons of cashew nuts

15 June 2015

Mozambique’s cashew nut production target for the current 2015/2016 season is about 100,000 tons, exceeding the amount recorded by 20,000 tons in the previous campaign, said the deputy director of the National Cashew Institute (Incaju).

Carlos Mucavel recently said that to achieve that target Incaju would spray more than 4 million cashew trees and promote simultaneous actions to improve the crop by distributing over 3.3 million seedlings across the country.

Mucavel, who was speaking in Chibuto, at the institute’s national planning meeting, recalled that the cashew fruit and nut was the basis of the livelihood and income generation for about 1.4 million households across the country .

The production of cashew nuts in Mozambique occurs mainly in the north, with a contribution of approximately 57 percent, followed by the central region, with 24 percent, and finally, the south, with 19 percent of the total.

The deputy director of Incaju stressed the need to increase the tonnage of primary processing of cashew nuts, increasing the number of factories (currently 23) as well as secondary processing, “and it is therefore necessary to raise investment for construction of industrial units.”

“Our focus will be increased production, primary processing and secondary processing, as well as on quality and quantity, guaranteeing income for households working with the cashew crop,” said the National Deputy Director, cited by daily newspaper Notícias. (macauhub/MZ)