Cashew nut production in Mozambique is this year expected to total 110,000 tons, and the sales campaign has already sold 85,000 tons, the director of the National Cashew Institute (INCAJU), Filomena Maiópuè said.
At the annual meeting to plan the activities of the Cashew Institute, held in the city of Angoche, in Nampula province, Maiopué said that, based on production projections for this year Mozambique was once again close to maximum production seen in 2010 when the country produced 113,000 tons.
Production in the current campaign has risen against the 2011-2012 season, which was the worst in the last 10 years, with just 64,000 tons.
The director of Incaju said that around 4.5 million cashew trees would be sprayed, as part of a national programme, meeting the production target for the next campaign that has been set at 94,000 tons of cashews.
Cashews are mainly grown by families and spraying against disease and pests will benefit 155,00 families in eight of the 11 cashew producing provinces, the exceptions being the city of Maputo, and the province of Niassa and Tete. (macauhub)