Mozambique bets big on cashew nuts

Mozambique is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts per year in the short term, said Prime Minister Agostinho Carlos do Rosário, who backed up his statement with investments being made in the cash crop.

The prime minister, who recalled that Mozambique had already exceeded that level of production before independence in 1975, said that Nampula is among the country’s provinces to produce the most cashews, with 60,000 tonnes or almost half of the current production of 137,000 tonnes.

Rosário was speaking at the Nassuruma’s intensive cashew production field in Meconta district as part of his working visit to Nampula from Thursday to Saturday last week, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.

The Nassuruma nursery, which belongs to the Institute of Cashew Promotion (Incaju), produces cashew tree seedlings, and in the current

Rosário also visited Alfa-Agricultura, a South African company whose owners spent US$8.6 million on production of cashew nuts, vegetables and fruit on a plot of 1,080 hectares. (macauhub)