He said cashew nuts are highly demanded in the international markets—hotels and meetings, airlines, the situation that make its price lucrative.
PM Majaliwa made the call on Sunday when speaking during the official launch of national wide cashew nut tree planting. It is estimated that more than 10million trees are to be planted in the 2017/2018. The function was held at Ruangwa District’s township in Lindi Region.
The campaign is themed: “Cashew nut is a green gold, let’s conserve it so that it can protect us.”
Majaliwa said: “I believe every energetic youth can venture into growing the cash crop as it doesn’t need much attention as it is to other crops.”
According to the premier, one acre needs between 37 and 40 trees of cashew nuts. "I don’t think, there is one person who can fail to look at these 37 trees to its maturity.”
He described cashew nut farming as a simple venture, and it is environmentally friendly as it provides good vegetation cover when it matures.
He said apart from being grown in Lindi, Mtwara, Ruvuma, Coast and Tanga, there are regions which are weather friendly for the cashew nut farming in Tanzania.
The premier named those regions as Dodoma, Kigoma, Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe, as well as Singida and Manyara.
Majaliwa who is also an MP for Ruangwa said that the time-frame to its maturity, the crop takes three to seven years and during this time, the farm can be intercropped with other crops.
Lindi Regional Administrative Secretary, Ramadhani Kaswa informed the PM that during the 2017/18, the region is targeting to plant 1,000,000 trees of cashew nuts.
So far, he said, 716,532 tree seedlings have been produced and distributed to farmers, which is equivalent to 71.6 per cent of the target. Out of it, Kilwa District Council produced 55,000, Lindi (100,000), Lindi Municipality (50,000); Liwale (106,000); Nachingwea (227,670) and Ruangwa (177,862).