Two thousand farmers have benefited from the cashew seedling distribution in Mongu District as at April, 2018 where 1,080 are male and 920 are females.
Mongu District Agriculture Coordinator Chabalanga Ng’ambi disclosed in an interview today with ZANIS in Mongu saying the Cashew Infrastructure Development Project target for the district is to have fifty percent males and another fifty percent females by the end of the project.
Mr. Ng’ambi further disclosed that a total of 241,866 cashew seedlings have been planted in Mongu District of Western Province since the inception of the Cashew Infrastructure Development Project (CIDP) in 2016.
He said 1,068 grafted cashew seedlings were planted in the 2016-2017 planting season of the crop that commenced in November and 22,956 seedlings were grafted in the 2017-2018 season in the district.
The DACO stated that in the 2017-2018 planting season 217,842 un-grafted seedlings were delivered to beneficiaries and 66,038 cashew seeds were also planted during the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 season.
The agriculture expert said the target for Mongu District is to come up with 600,000 plants on 6,000 hectares of land during the project.
Mr. Ng’ambi said 120 000 cashew plants need to be planted every season and so far from the total of 241,866 cashew seedlings planted during the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 planting season, Mongu has exceeded the target by 1,866 seedlings.
The DACO said cashew plants start producing at about three years and mature at about five years and each plant is expected to produce about 20 kilograms of the fruit twice in a year.
The CIDP is a five year project being implemented in ten districts of Western Province that includes Mongu and has been funded USD 55.4 Million by the African Development Bank (ADB).