Cashew nut production in Mozambique this year reached 137,400 tonnes, exceeding the initial forecast of 120,000 tonnes and is already considered the biggest harvest of the last 30 years, announced the director of the National Cashew Institute (Incaju).
Ilídio Afonso Bande, quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper Diário de Moçambique, said that in the 2016 campaign, cashew nut production was only 104,000 tonnes.
The director of Incaju said that the increase in nut production was also due to the fact that rain distribution was more balanced, despite the tendency for shortage in the south of the country.
The rains also came at a favourable time, which allowed the transition to the flowering phase and efforts to promote production with the introduction of various plant varieties.
The northern province of Nampula accounted or 44% of overall production, followed by neighbouring Cabo Delgado (15%) and the central province of Zambezia (12%).
In the 1970s Mozambique was the world’s largest producer of cashew nuts with annual production of 216,000 tonnes. (macauhub)