The marketing of the 137,000 tonnes of cashews harvested in the 2016/2017 season raised around 7.4 billion meticals (US$120 million) for Mozambican producers, the Council of Ministers spokesman said on Tuesday in Maputo.
The spokesman and deputy health minister Mouzinho Saíde added that the 100,000 tonnes harvested in the 2015/2016 campaign provided producers with US$23.1 million.
Saíde said the cashew sub-sector provides work and income to more than 1.4 million households across the country, with whole nuts exported to India and Vietnam and peeled ones to the United States.
The central provinces of Zambézia and Manica, Inhambane and Gaza in the south and Nampula in the north are those where cashew nut production is highest, and the activity is mainly carried out by family farmers.
The African Cashew Alliance recently reported that Mozambique has practically doubled cashew production over the past decade, with the country’s farmers producing about half of the world’s output. (macauhub)