Mafia district commissioner, Shaibu Nnunduma told this reporter that the seedlings were offered in 11 villages during the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 farming seasons.
He said the district decided to embark on the exercise after discovering that majority of people in the district live in poverty because they depend on fishing alone as their source of incomes.
So, far farmers have been trained on best agricultural practices by the district to increase production, quality and quantity of the crop and produce cashew-nut that meet market requirement both in domestic and international markets similarly to Mtwara region.
“We have decided to provide seedlings so that people can change their mindsets and involve in cashew nut production instead of relying on fishing activities,” he noted.
According to him, poverty in Mafia has been cited as key factor that contribute early marriage and forced children to embark on domestic labour that limit them to enjoy their rights to education.
According to the 2012 population census, Mafia district council has 46,438 people and was officially established in 1959.
So far the district has 8 wards, 23 registered villages and 136 suburbs that depend on fishing activities and agriculture.
He said in 2016/2017 the district offered 29,000 cashew nut seedlings, in 2017/2018 offered 85,000 cashewnut seedlings while in 2018/2019 the district offered 18,562 cashew-nut seedlings.