ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Authorities in southwestern Tanzania’s
region of Mbeya intend to introduce cashew nuts farming in a new
drive to spur the economy of the east African nation, officials
said on Monday.
Administrative Secretary Nyasebwa Chimagu told Xinhua that the
move is part of the government’s strategies to boost revenue and
alleviate poverty in the region bordering Zambia and Malawi.
In Tanzania, cashew
nuts production is concentrated in the southern coastal regions
of Pwani, Lindi, and Mtwara, which account for over 80 percent
of total plant area and production.
Mbeya is well-known
for producing cereal crops as well as coffee, cocoa, and
According to Chimagu,
recent studies carried out by the government have shown that the
crop can be grown in three sub-districts of Chunya, Mbarali, and
Kyela of Mbeya, where the climatic condition favors cashew nuts
“Trials have been
made in those districts and it was proved that cashew nuts are
performing well. So, as authorities we’ve come up with a
strategy that will make the crop as one of the key cash crops in
the region,” he said.
He said that
Tanzania is well known for producing premium quality cashew nuts
with higher prices in the world markets compared to other
“That’s why we want
our people to venture into that farming and explore that
opportunity,” Chimagu said.
Commissioner Amos Makalla said the idea behind introducing
cashew farming is meant to explore all ventures available in the
country’s farming sector.
farmers to swiftly start venturing into cashew farming because
of its high value in the market and promising future,” the
eighth in cashew nuts production in the world. It is Africa’s
fourth biggest grower, after Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and
Guinea-Bissau, according to 2012 statistics from the United
Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).