Cooperative union upbeat about bumper cashew harvest

21Oct 2018
The Guardian Reporter
Mtwara
Guardian On Sunday
Cooperative union upbeat about bumper cashew harvest

TANDAHIMBA and Newala Cooperative Union (TANECU) has projected to harvest 110,000 tonnes of cashew nuts this year.

 

TANECU Chairman Shaibu Haifai made the remarks yesterday, adding that already 2 million bags had been purchased for packing the produce.

“We have ordered 2million bags for repackaging cashew nuts, which are important in facilitating the warehouse receipt system in purchasing the crop,” he said.

He made the remarks at a function to receive a consignment of the bags. He said there were some delays in importing the bags due to some misunderstanding amongst members of the union.

However, he said the union had managed to control sabotage of mixing cashew nuts with stones with a view to registering heavier weight.

“These bags are printed in a way that shows where the packed consignment is coming from and so it will be very easy to trace any any attempts for self gain,” he said.

The union acting General Manager Alex Domitius said they had already distributed the bags to primary cooperatives.

Dadi Mtepa, a cashew farmer from Henganelo primary cooperative in Newala district, applauded the Union for labeling the bags, saying the move will protect the crop market and crop prices.

“Labeling will facilitate identification of wrong doers…buyers will easily trace from which area cashew mixed with stones or cashew apples came from,” he said.

Tandahimba District Cooperative Officer James Mussa urged farmers to preserve cashew nuts’ quality by not mixing standard grade with under grade ones, cautioning to maintain a sustainable market and better prices by ensuring quality products.

Meanwhile, Mtwara Rural lawmaker Hawa Ghasia urged villagers of Mangopachanne ward to resolve their differences and ensure a health centre in the ward is constructed.

She threw the challenge at public rallies held in Mangopachanne, Mbagala, Ilala, Mkutimango and Ushirika villages that their differences had led to the reallocation of funds meant for their health centre’s  construction to another area.

“We should stop quarrelling because we will only be retarding our development,” she said.

According to Ghasia, this was the third consecutive year the funds were being sent to other places, saying she was saddened by how the villagers were handling the issue.

Jumanne Ismail, a resident of Mangopachanne, said the projects was being delayed due to political interference.

 

 

 

 

 

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