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  • Tanzania: Cashew Output May Fall By 20 Percent On Poor Weather

    Jan 7th, 2016

    Tanzania's cashew nut output is projected to drop by about 20 per cent this year due to bad weather and poor farming methods. The director general of Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT), Mr Mfaume Juma, told BusinessWeek that as the crop-buying season is drawing to a close, production is expected to be less than the previous season's.

    According to him, until the end of December 2015, some 130,000 tonnes were collected and the expectation is to achieve the output of about 150,000 tonnes at the end of crop-buying season, which ends next month. This also implies that there is an expected gap of 39,000 tonnes of cashew output in 2015/16 crop-buying season.

    "As the crop-purchasing season is expected to end in February 2016, the output this season is expected to decline due to bad weather in the 2015 farming season," says Mr Mfaume. "Although the prices for cashews had increased from Sh1,700 in the last farming season to Sh2,200 a kilo this season, still collected output is low: at 130,000 tonnes," he says.