Acting director of the cashew nut board of Tanzania (CBT), Hassan Jarufu said a total of 285, 828, 205 kilos of the crop worth 1, 082, 200, 383, 581/- have been sold in the first 10 auctions of the 2017/2018 season. He said the last auction was on December 21, 2017, and that more cashew nut will be marketed through auctions until end of the season.
Jafuru made the statement when presenting a brief report on the country’s cashew nut production and sales for a period ending December 2017 to Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa during the launch of a campaign to promote cashew nut cultivation in Ruangwa, Lindi Region.
In the 2015/2016 season, Jafuru said the production was below target whereby 155, 244, 645 kilos worth 388, 474, 530, 906/- were sold compared to the 2016/2017 season where 265, 237, 845 kilos were produced and sold at 871, 462, 989, 284/-.
He explained that Mtwara Region has been the largest producer this season by auctioning 178,165.741 tonnes of cashew nut worth 701, 674, 466, 366/- followed by Lindi Region which auctioned 68,687.504 tonnes worth 247, 163, 294, 296/-.
He said so far, 19,545.613 tonnes of the crop worth 76, 173, 400, 063/- have been auctioned in Ruvuma Region. In Coast Region, the sold cashew nuts were 19, 429, 347 tonnes worth 57, 189, 224, 856/-.
According to Jarufu 10 million cashew nut seedlings will be planted in Ruangwa during the 2017/2018 season. He said cashew nut is a ‘green gold’ which need to be take care of properly.
The CBT boss informed the Premier that the board in collaboration with Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute and regional authorities has been implementing a three-year project whereby 10, 000, 000 new seedlings of cashew nut are planted each year.
He said under the strategy, 5,000 seedling of the crop will be planted in every village which is equivalent to 30 seedlings for each of the household in the region every year. He said the plan is to plant to 330,000 acres countrywide in three years.
“We aim at increasing cashew nut production in the country…the new and improved seedlings will enable farmers to reap more as the plants are resistant to diseases and insects.
He said the board is coordinating production of 14, 001, 820 seedlings from Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute for the 2017/2018 season. He said seedlings will be generated from 100 tonnes of cashew nut.
“We are expecting the new seedlings to be distributed to framers in February 2018,” said Jarufu.
He said the three-year project started with 51 districts in the 2016/2017 season, but has been expanded to cover 90 districts countrywide.
CBT said in August last year that it distributed over 12,000 tonnes of inputs to farmers across the country for the 2017/18 season. It said the distributed inputs were equivalent to 71 per cent of 18,000 imported tonnes, which is higher than the amount of sulphur imported during the 2016/17 season.
Established in 1984, CBT is entrusted with the responsibility of regulating the development of the cashew industry in Tanzania.