Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. The Tanzanian economy is heavily based on agriculture, 24.5 % of gross domestic product,  provides 85% of exports, and accounted for half of the employed workforce. Tanzania is one of the largest cashew producers in Africa, with exports providing 10-15 % of Tanzania’s foreign exchange. The country is the eighth-largest grower of cashew nuts in the world and ranks fourth in Africa.

Where Is Cashew Nuts Grown in Tanzania?

About 90 percent of the area planted with cashew nuts is found in three regions of Mtwara, Lindi, Ruvuma and Pwani. Mtwara Region (327,281 ha; 47.0%) had the largest area planted with cashew nuts, followed by Lindi (207,951 ha. 29.9 %) and Pwani (91,815 ha; 13.2 %).

90 % of the area planted with cashew nuts found in three regions of Mtwara, Lindi, and Pwani.

90 % of the area is planted with cashew nuts found in three regions of Mtwara, Lindi, and Pwani.

List of  top major cashew growing areas in Tanzania:

  1. Lindi
  2. Ruvuma
  3. Mtwara
  4. Pwani

Tanzania Cashews Harvest Season:

  • Beginning of the season: October
  • End of season: January, February

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