DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has ordered all government leaders without cashew farms to refrain from the cash crop business.
"If you don't have a cashew nut farm, you have nothing to do with the crop's business. You are duty-bound to follow up, reprimand and take appropriate actions, if necessary, to facilitate trading of the cash crop," he argued while officiating at the cashew nut stakeholders' meeting in the northern port city of Tanga, about 330 kilometres from here, on Sunday.
"As the government encourages new farmers in cashew farming, you should use the opportunity and farm, if you indeed wish to engage in the business," he added.
Majaliwa tasked the Cashewnut Board of Tanzania (CBT) to properly advise the government on the best possible ways to develop the crop, noting that the government believes that if all stakeholders play their respective roles effectively, the crop will immensely benefit the country.
"It is important that all parties evaluate themselves to see if they are fulfilling their responsibilities as required," he said, directing leaders of co-operatives to ethically execute their duties.
The Premier said the government will never entertain low and delayed payments to farmers, adding that in this season, the government did not expect to see a repeat of previous challenges, including cashewnut shrivelling, which hindered efficiency in previous seasons.
Cashew nuts wither six months after the time of harvest. "But, it takes less than six months to complete the buying of all cashew nuts, so in essence, the farmer is not responsible for cashew nut shrinking," the Prime Minister stressed, while warning that stern disciplinary measures would be taken against those found responsible for the spoilage of farmers' produce.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK