Tanzania: Cashew Shipment – Samia Issues New Order

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has ordered all cashew nuts produced in the Southern regions to be transported via the Mtwara Port, adding that the government has heavily invested in repairing and expanding the facility.

The President’s directive was issued yesterday by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on her behalf, during cashew nuts stakeholders’ meeting in Lindi region over the weekend.

The Head of State specifically mentioned the cashew nut producing regions as of Ruvuma, Mtwara and Lindi, which should specifically take the note.

Elaborating, the President directed Mtwara Port management to review charges at the city, which seem to be expensive and discourage the crop exporters from preferring the facility.

She added: “We want cashew nut exporters to start using this port from this harvesting season.”

In a related development, Mr Majaliwa said farmers should be receiving farm inputs on time and pay as it was instructed initially, adding: ” Our aim is to continue reducing burdens on farmers, therefore, you don’t have to fear taking the farm inputs.”

Equally, he encouraged the crop growers to develop a culture of selling processed products so that they get more profit, saying: “If farmers process the cashew nuts … they could earn big profits. Industries as well should expand and increase their capitals.”

Elaborating, the Prime Minister said the government would continue supporting the crop stakeholders in the country, including processors through the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO).