Kilifi County cashew nut farmers get a boost

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Kilifi County is providing cashew nut farmers with seedlings to support cashew nut farming in the region.

Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro says this will help boost cashew nut farming in the region.

“We seek to partner with schools to encourage students to cultivate cashew crops rather than traditional trees,” said Gov Mung’aro.

Cashew nuts seedlings. Kilifi County government is supporting cashew nut farmers by providing them with seedlings./COURTESY

Mung’aro spoke while visiting Grow Fairly Limited cashew nut factory in the company of the Slovak Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Katarina Leligdonova.

“The factory at Kakanjuni on the outskirts of Kilifi town is run in partnership with Farm Africa. It is also one of the Cashew and Sesame Value Chain projects running under the support of the Slovakian Government and the European Union (EU),” said Mung’aro.

According to the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), about 300,000 seedlings have been distributed to farmers in cashew nut-growing counties in the last five years under the Cashew nut promotion program.

AFA records show that the annual production of cashew nuts in the country for 2021/2022 was 9,121k tons; injecting sh.457 million in the economy.

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