Presenting the seeds on Monday, Mbarali District Commissioner Reuben Mfune said the aim is to ensure the cashew crop becomes one of the cash crops in the district instead of wholly depending on rice which at times bring losses to farmers.
He said the government has handed 300 kgs of cashew seeds to farmers so as to mobilize them to cultivate the crop but the strategy is that every farmer in the district is supposed to cultivate cashew nuts.
He added: “Cashew nuts are among five strategic crops which the government stresses their cultivation in various areas because it is profitable than the other four, and in recognition of this, the district has issued 3009 kgs for producing 55,000 seedlings that we expect to distribute to farmers.”
He said apart from the fields, the seedlings can also be planted in residential areas as in doing so the wananchi will also get many benefits including the cashew fruit, shade and clean air.
Councilor for Miyombeni Ward Mustaulo Sanzala advised farmers to grab the cashew growing opportunity and stop listening to some politicians who say the crop has come to kill rice growing in their district.
The District Agricultural Officer Daniel Kamwela said up to now a total of 229 villages have registered for cashew cultivation and 328 hectares have been planted with the crop.
In Financial year 2019/20 the Mbarali District Council has bought 500 kgs of cashew seeds which are expected to produce 70,000 cashew seedlings,