PM instructs CBT to look for reliable cashew nut markets

24Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Lindi
The Guardian
PM instructs CBT to look for reliable cashew nut markets

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has instructed the Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT) to make sure it looks for reliable markets for the crop that offer good prices to benefit farmers.

He also called on the Board to supervise the conduct in the establishment of small and large cashew nuts processing factories in all areas producing areas of the crop to do away with buying raw cashew nuts. 

Majaliwa gave the directives here on Thursday when speaking to Regional Commissioners of Lindi, Coast, Mtwara and Ruvuma regions, the Cooperatives Registrar, officials from cashew nuts cooperative unions at a meeting that discussed the availability of cashew nuts farm inputs.

He said the new Board he unveiled should be accountable in ensuring the increase of the crop’s production and if it fails, the government will not hesitate to dissolve it.

He said the Board is supposed to set up a special calendar that shows all steps for implementation in regard to the crop’s production, starting from farms preparation up to harvesting level.

He stressed that expertise had to be adhered to in the farming process that aims to increase production benefits.

He also called on the Board to make sure farm inputs including quality seedlings and pesticides are easily available.

The PM further directed CBT to have in place strategies to provide education to farmers on better farming practices, adding “Use special vehicles to visit farmers in their areas to educate them.”

For his part, Deputy Agriculture Minister Hussein Bashe said already the process to facilitate cooperative unions to start cashewnuts processing has begun and that in this season, TANECU has received a loan from CRDB Bank to enable processing 2,500 tonnes of cashewnuts.

He said other cooperative unions to follow including TAMCU, MAMCU and RUNALI also have plans to establish processing factories with a capacity to process 25,000 tonnes per year.

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