Cashew Kernel Price Today

Cashew Kernel Price Today...

Temporarily suspended for constructions

Thứ Bảy, 31 tháng 10, 2015

IVC's Presidential Election October 25: The key performance areas (decryption)


Presidential 2015: the key performance areas

The provisional results of the presidential election on 25 October are known since Wednesday with victory at the first round of the RHDP candidate Alassane Ouattara (83.66%). It is followed by far by the candidate of the FPI, Pascal Affi N'Guessan who got 9.29%. Then comes the independent candidate KKB with 3.88%. Other candidates received less than 1% of the vote: Lagou Adjoua Henriette (0.89%), Kouadio Konan Simeon (0.71%), Kouangoua Jacqueline Claire (0.40%), Gnangbo Kacou (0.60% ) Koulibaly Mamadou, Charles Konan Banny, and Amara Essy who have announced their retirement from competition before the time obtained respectively 0.11, 0.28 and 0.20%. Given the mapping that has emerged after the announcement of the results of this election recorded a turnout of 52.86% include several stand out. Alassane Ouattara won the election that largely emerged victorious in almost all parts of the country, apart from that of Moronou won by the candidate of the FPI, Pascal Affi N'Guessan. Regions that stand in the raid carried out by the RHDP candidate Alassane Ouattara throughout the country, it should be noted that departments have distinguished clearly from others. Indeed, the platform designed by and available at the following address ( allows to highlight the different aspects of the result of 'presidential election. For example, to vote abroad won by the candidate of the RHDP, the Gabon that pulls the wagon with 97.61% on 91.68% obtained on the entire constituency. In the north of the country in the region where the Hambol Ouattara got 96.56%, Dabakala leads with 98.41%. In Kabadougou, the department Gbéléban was 100%, where the entire region was 99.33% for Alassane Ouattara. In the region of Agneby Tiassa where Ouattara has obtained a rate of 61%, the department Taabo was 86.20%. In the Bafing is Ouaninou which took the Palme d'Or with 99.33% of 98.19% in the Bagoué is Boundiali with 98.77% in Aries is Didiévi that was more efficient with 92.23 % of% 88.39. In the District of Abidjan won by the candidate of the RHDP is Adjamé tops the high score with 90.96% of 81, 23% obtained by ADO. Alépé awarded 53.52% of the votes to the candidate of the RHDP, came top in the region of Mé with 45.01%. With 99.33% the Dianra department ranks first among the supporters of Alassane Ouattara in the Béré region. In Bounkani, Bouna snatches the prize with 88.76% of votes given to the candidate of the RHDP. The locality of Tai leads in regard to the Cavally region. Regarding the Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro, Attiégouakro comes first. The locality of Kaniasso ranks first in the region Folon, Sakassou won the prize in the GBEKE, At the Gbôklê region Sassandra is needed Gagnoa stands out in the region Goh Gontougo As for the region, Sandégué Grand Lahou is in first position dominates debates in the Great bridges Regarding Guémon, Duékoué arrived in Daloa head first support the RHDP candidate in the Haut Sassandra, In Iffou, M'Bahiakro tops. The department takes orders in Agnibilékro Indénié-Djuablin, Guitry head in Loh Djiboua, In Marahoué is the department that stands Sinfra. The town of Kouassi Kouassikro ranked first in the N'Zi, Méagui is needed in Nawa, M'BENGUE tops in the Poro region, stronghold of the RHDP candidate, the San Pedro department is needed in the region of the same name. In the South Comoé, Tiapoum tears the palm Kong, paternal village RHDP candidate leads in the Tchôlogô, Sipilou dominates debates in Tonkpi region Worodougou in the region gained the cause of Alassane Ouattara, c ' Kani is the department which tops. Alassane Ouattara and Affi N'Guessan, home kings Gbélégban In the department where Ouattara originates, it was 100%, leaving no voice to his opponents. Even if he has not done as much to Bongouanou, his hometown, Pascal Affi N'Guessan still won the vote in all departments of the region of Moronou: Bongouanou (57.16%), Arrah (53.63%) and M'batto (50.44%). All other candidates were not better in their place of origin including the candidate Charles Konan Banny highly anticipated - before he withdraws his candidacy from the race before the big day - in Yamoussoukro. The figures gives it in the department of Yamoussoukro 0.29%. Same thing for Amara Essy (1 to officially withdraw his candidacy) in the Gontougou. He barely pulled with an average of 0.59% of the votes in the 5 departments. The KKB candidate made his highest score in the municipality of Port-Bouet (12.03%), which is also one of the deputies. The low participation rate (below the national average) One of the highlights of this presidential victory is the RHDP candidate in the region of Mé (Alépé Adzopé Akoupé and Yakassé-Attobrou) less 50% of the votes (45.01%). Is that the participation rate in this part of the country was low. This is the case in the region Goh (Gagnoa and Oumé) who made an average of 39.26%. In terms of participation in the two districts of the country have not had the best scores. In Yamoussoukro is 48.57% and throughout the Autonomous District of Abidjan 43.58%.


Thứ Năm, 29 tháng 10, 2015

Ghana: 'Cashew industry needs increased production'

29 October 2015

Increased production, improved processing, and access to market, alongside certification, is the way forward for the cashew industry, Mr Seth Osei Akoto, the Deputy Director in charge of cashew, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has said.

He said to be competitive in the cashew industry, government needed to provide the necessary regulatory framework for the industry.

Mr Akoto was speaking at a National Cashew Development and Advocacy workshop in Accra.

The workshop was to validate an advocacy document on ways towards improving the cashew industry.

“To be competitive, supply must be organised and quality must be ensured,” Mr Akoto added.

He asked stakeholders to support research, extension services, and farmer linkages for a successful transfer of knowledge and technology to farmers, processors, and other stakeholders.

He encouraged the private sector to venture into private nurseries to increase production and contribute to the improvement in planting materials.

He said there should be much emphasis on production that could contribute to the value chain activities.

He recommended proper farming practices to improve and increase yield.

Dr Gideon Kofi Agbley, the Acting Executive Director, Cashew Industry Association of Ghana, said processing, marketing, production and trading were the major challenges facing the industry.

He said some of the advocacy issues the association intended to carry out included credit facilities, massive spraying, warehousing, receipt system and negotiation with stakeholders in Cote d’Ivoire to open a trading post.

He said Ghana had 12 major cashew processing factories but only one was working, explaining that the country did not have any effective system of policing trading activities.

Cashew nuts kernel are mainly used for the snack market as a roasted and salted snack.

They are used for cookies and cereals and appreciated for their high mono saturated fat levels and other nutrients, including protein, magnesium and copper.


Thứ Ba, 27 tháng 10, 2015

Vietnam: Agro-forestry-fishery exports reach US$24.61 billion in ten months

Tuesday, 27/10/2015 

Cashew exports have seen growth in both volume and value in the first ten months of this year. (Credit:

NDO – Exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products in October were estimated at US$2.55 billion, bringing the sector's export value in the first ten months of 2015 to US$24.61 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 3.8%.
According to the report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the export value of primary agricultural products in the ten months was estimated at US$11.51 billion.
Coffee saw the highest decrease in exports during the ten month period with the total volume of coffee exports of 10.5 million tonnes worth US$2.13 billion, down 29.6% in volume and 31.4% in value. Germany and the US are the two largest importers of Vietnamese coffee products, accounting for 14.15% and 11.61% of the total export revenue, respectively.
Rubber exports during January-October were estimated at 870,000 tonnes worth US1.22 billion, up 3.5% in volume and down 15.8% in value over the same period last year.
Rice exports in the past ten months have also recorded a notable year-on-year decrease of 4.6% in volume and 11.7% in value, with China being the largest consumer.
Notably, cashew is the only commodity seeing growth in exports since the beginning of the year. Accordingly, the total volume of cashew exports reached 272,000 tonnes worth US$.97 billion, an increase of 6.8% in volume and 18.1% in value compared to the same period of 2014.
The US, China and Netherlands remain the three largest importers of Vietnamese cashew, occupying 35.67%, 12.92% and 12.86% of the total export value, respectively.
Additionally, the import value of the agricultural forestry and fishery sectors was estimated at US$19.17% in the first nine months, up 7.1% against the same period last year, the MARD has announced.

Kenya: Kilifi residents want cashew plant reopened

October 27, 2015 

Residents protest in Kilifi town on Sunday over the closure of the Kenya Cashew Nuts Ltd factory.

Residents protest in Kilifi town on Sunday over the closure of the Kenya Cashew Nuts Ltd factory.

Kilifi residents yesterday held protests demanding the revival of the cashew nut industry.
They demanded the revocation of a 999-year lease of 350 hectares to an investor who is manufacturing tar instead of processing cashew nuts.
The dormant Kenya Cashew Nuts Ltd factory is on the land in Kilifi town.
The investor goes by the name Millennium Management Ltd.
Residents marched to the factory to issue a 14-day ultimatum to the investor to leave.
They asked him to hand over the factory to them or they will forcibly take it.
They told the investor to seek compensation from the national government and leave.
They claim the investor is not processing cashew nuts but instead turned the factory into a tar manufacturing plant.
They say tar manufacture does not offer them employment opportunities.
Led by the Kibaoni Ward Progressive Association founder Hamisi Bwalema, the residents accused the investor of frustrating residents.
The residents urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to allocate funds to revive the industry the same way he did for Mumias Sugar Company.
Bwalema said the cashew nut industry collapsed in 1995 and the factory was leased to the investor in 2003 for 999 years.
He said: “How can one lease land for such a long period while under the new constitution, it’s supposed to be 99 years?”
Bwalema said residents were evicted to pave way for the development of the cashew nut industry but the government has failed to revive it.
Karisa Konde, a resident, said the industry’s collapse has led to increased poverty.
“The investor should reclaim his money from the person he gave it to,’’ he said.
The cashew nut factory was built in 1975 and used to employ 4,000 residents.


Mozambique: Condor Nuts of Mozambique is certified to export cashew nuts to the United States, Europe and Africa

October 26th, 2015

Cashew processing company, Condor Nuts, based in Nampula, Mozambique, has just received an international certificate allowing it to export cashew nuts to the USA, Europe and Africa, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The certification was provided by the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), an organisation that coordinates the cashew industry’s actions.Recently, a Norwegian company announced it would start importing two containers of raw cashews per month processed by Condor Nut.Jaime Roberto Chissico, the provincial delegate of the Cashew Promotion Institute (Incaju) in Nampula, told Notícias that the international cashew nut quality certification honours the Mozambican cashew industry.Condor Nuts is mostly Portuguese-owned and operates in Anchilo on the outskirts of the city of Nampula, in northern Mozambique.


IVC: Towards the creation of processing units for cashew Karabiri and Séguélon (Odienne)

AIP - 10/27/2015

Odienne - Two cashew processing units will be created and Séguélon Karabiri (Northwest, Kabadougou region) in order to reduce youth unemployment, announced Monday in an interview with the AIP in Odienne, the CEO of UTEXI-COTIVO Group, Konaté Vassiliki. 

"We are hard at work to install two cashew processing units in the village of Karabiri and in the city of Séguélon to reduce youth unemployment and to promote this culture of popular pension in our region what the has nacarde "said Dr. Vassiliki. According to the cashew sector is a pillar of the economy in the Denguele district, but the low rate of local processing product "reduces the impact of the sector on the economy and the fight against  unemployment" . 

The completion of the two units will create more than 1,000 direct jobs, which will revitalize the economy in the department Séguélon, he has indicated. ss / ask

Thứ Hai, 26 tháng 10, 2015

Kenya: Residents of Kilifi demand revival of cashew nuts industry

26 October 2015

Hundreds of residents of Kilifi yesterday held a peaceful demonstration demanding the revival of the multimillion cashew nuts industry and revocation of 999 year lease allegedly given to an Indian investor in the 350 hectares land.

Carrying twigs and placards the residents both women , men and youths marched from Kilifi town to the former Kenya Cashew nuts industry (now Millennium management limited) gates and issued a 14 day ultimatum for the investor to hand over the factory or else they would invade the industry by force.

The Consumption of Nuts Can Help Cardiometabolic Health and Older People’s Memory, Attention and Reasoning

October 23, 2015
The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council has organized a symposium to present to the media the new findings of the benefits of nuts on health, which has taken place at the European Nutrition Conference in Berlin.
Four international experts have explained new findings on nuts and health. Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain); Dr. Fran Grodstein, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (USA); Dr. Giuseppina Mandalari, from University of Messina (Italy), and Dr. Volker Mai, from University of Florida (USA), shared the latest scientific studies on the beneficial effects of nuts, such as cardiometabolic health or the relationship between the consumption of nuts and better cognitive function in older men.
Prof. Salas-Salvadó, from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain), explained in the lecture “Nuts and Cardiometabolic Health” that nut consumption can help patients with metabolic syndrome, which is a clustering of medical conditions such as abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels. Also, they have proven that participants with metabolic syndrome are more likely to reverse the syndrome when they consumed nuts in the context of a healthy diet.
In this symposium, Dr. Fran Grodstein (Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School, USA) explained that there is a relation between increased consumption of nuts and better cognitive function in older men, which encompasses processing speed, memory, attention, and learning. Specifically, the researchers have shown that men age 67 and older eating more than 2 servings of nuts per week have better results on neuropsychologic tests.
Dr. Giusseppina Mandalari presented the lecture “Nuts and digestion”. Her team study has demonstrated that pistachios release important nutrients and antioxidants during digestion. Researchers also assessed the lipid bioaccessibility of almonds thanks to an in vitro model of digestion consisting of a dynamic gastric model, which provided a convincing explanation for why almonds have a low metabolizable energy content and an attenuated impact on postprandial lipemia.
In the same symposium, Dr. Volker Mai, from the University of Florida, presented the lecture “Tree Nuts and the Gut; Supporting Healthy Microbiota”. Researchers studied whether the consumption of 1.5 ounces of almonds in adults and 0.5 ounces in children changes gastrointestinal function. The study found that almonds consumption resulted in detectable changes in bacterial taxa particularly in children, some with potential beneficial characteristics.

Chủ Nhật, 25 tháng 10, 2015

Ivory Coast: Cashew boom with surging global exports

Publication date: 9/24/2015

Salty-snack junkies, the lactose-intolerant and lovers of Asian food are providing an economic boost for farmers in the war-torn northern provinces of Ivory Coast.
The West African country is poised to surpass India as the world’s top grower of cashews. Ivory Coast output has tripled in the past decade, including a jump after the civil war ended in 2011, industry data show. At the same time, prices have rallied as global exports surged along with rising consumption in the U.S., China and India. Long a staple in Asian cooking, the nut increasingly is eaten raw as a snack, and companies like WhiteWave Foods Co. use it to make non-dairy beverages and ice cream.

While people still consume far more peanuts -- not technically a nut but treated like one -- cashews have become a relative bargain among tree nuts such as pistachios, walnuts and hazelnuts. Almonds surged to records over the past two years during a prolonged drought in California, the biggest grower. Ivory Coast, already the world’s top cocoa exporter, saw the value of its cashew shipments rise almost 50 percent this year to become the nation’s second-most valuable crop.

Almonds, Pistachios
The global cashew market last year was valued at $4.69 billion, compared with $8.32 billion for almonds, $7.33 billion for pistachios, and $6.45 billion for walnuts, according to the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council.

Rising incomes in the emerging economies of Asia are a major driver of cashew demand, especially in India, where the nut is ground to a paste for curries and sweets. Demand in the country, which also processes raw cashews for export, more than doubled to 240,000 metric tons of kernels since 2004, according to the African Cashew Initiative in Accra, Ghana. In China, purchases reached 50,000 tons, up from almost nothing a decade ago.

Expansion of the cashew industry has aided economic recovery following a decade-long civil war that divided a rebel-held north from the government-controlled south. A disputed election in 2010 sparked five months of violence and 3,000 deaths. Since 2011, the economy expanded 9 percent annually on average, and the government is targeting 10 percent this year.

Ivory Coast production reached 625,000 tons of cashews in shells as of June 30, compared with 185,000 tons in 2005, council data show. Next year, the country aims to produce 700,000 tons and pass India by 2017, Sanogo said. The country still doesn’t have much processing capacity, so it ships mostly nuts in shells, which are removed at plants in Asia and then sold as kernels domestically or re-exported.


Vietnam: Cashew shortage to hit VN exports until end of year

Publication date: 9/24/2015

Cashew nut exports for the rest of the year are expected to fall due to raw material shortages, according to the Viet Nam Cashew Association.

Viet Nam exported 215,000 tonnes of cashew nuts worth US$1.56 billion in the first eight months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 9.6 per cent in volume and 22.6 per cent in value, said Nguyen Duc Thanh, Vinacas chairman.

Cashew processors and exporters are faced with a severe raw material shortage, he said, adding that as much as 50 per cent of small cashew processing plants in Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai were out of materials.

The price of raw nut materials remains very high, but export prices have not been good compared to the previous month, he said.

A tonne of raw nuts imported from Africa was priced at about $1,000 earlier this year, but it is now at $1,300-1,400.

In addition, the appreciation of the US dollar against the Vietnamese dong has been another disadvantage in importing raw materials as firms now have to pay more in exchange for the greenback, he said.

The association forecasts that export volume will drop in the remaining months of the year compared to the same period last year.

According to the Department of Crop Production, the area under cashew cultivation since 2005 shrank by 122,200ha, to 294,000ha in 2014.

In 2014, output was 345,000 tonnes, a 59,068-tonne rise from the previous year.


India: Domestic raw cashew output dips

Publication date: 10/7/2015

The raw cashew nut (RCN) production in India slipped last fiscal and continued to stay much below the requirement of the industry, while the global demand is growing at over 10 per cent per annum.

“Cashew markets are growing at 10 per cent and more not only in India but also in the US, Europe and other countries,” Shahal Hassan Musaliar, Chairman, Cashew Export Promotion Council (CEPCI) said at the Council’s Diamond Jubilee function held here recently. To cope up with the global demand, significant efforts are needed to be taken to increase raw cashew nut production to keep the industry self-sufficient, he said.

Meanwhile, sources at the Cashew and Cocoa Development Directorate under the Union Ministry of Agriculture told BusinessLine that cashew production in the country in 2014-15 slipped to 7,25,420 tonnes from 7,36,560 tonnes in 2013-14.

They attributed the fall in output to “Unseasonal rains during the fruit setting period. ”Total area under the crop increased to 10,27,200 hectares last fiscal from 10,07,695 hectares in 2013-14.

Sasi Varma, Executive Director and Secretary, CEPCI said, “We need to choose the right blend of technology and ensure Indian cashew processing has the best food safety standards.”


Chinese assistance to boost agriculture in Tanzania

Publication date: 10/13/2015

Tanzania's economy remains heavily dependent on agriculture, which accounts for about a quarter of the national GDP, 85 percent of its exports, and 50 percent of the workforce. The main food crop is maize followed by cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, bananas, rice, and millet.

The largest cash crop is sugar, followed by cotton, cashew nuts, coffee, tobacco, sisal, and tea. Only a small portion of the country’s irrigable land is used for irrigation farming.

China’s relationship with Tanzania remains strong and vibrant.  Between the years 2000 to 2011, there were approximately 62 major development finance projects undertaken by China in the country; for example, a $US400 million Chinese loan was given to the Kiwira coal mine. Another one was assistance on construction of the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.

More projects have been undertaken. China has made plans to construct a 150 acre logistics hub near Dar es Salaam port to help facilitate booming trade between China and Africa.

Chinese companies were recently awarded $US9 billion contracts for new rail lines in Tanzania, which will assist economic development, especially for land-locked countries in the heart of the continent. 

In 2009, China and Tanzania had established the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank. The Chinese government set aside $US500 million for the institution, which has the potential for offering crucial assistance to Tanzanian farmers. China has donated much needed modern machinery to the nation for tilling, planting, and harvesting. Meanwhile, over 30 Chinese-owned sisal farms are operating in the country.

The Chongqing Sino-Tanzania Agriculture Development Company opened the Demonstration Centre of China Agriculture Technology in the Dakawa, Morogoro region in 2012 to provide training and consultation to Tanzanian agricultural experts, officials, technicians, and thousands of local farmers.

China's agricultural assistance in Tanzania and other parts of Africa will play a crucial role to alleviate poverty and food-shortages on the continent.


US farmer-owned-cooperatives set new record in 2014

Publication date: 10/19/2015

Farmer-owned cooperatives, including dairy, nut and fruit producers in and near Stanislaus County, set a record last year for the net income made - $6.5 billion was up 16.5% compared to 2013 where only $246.7 billion was made.

The figures include farm, ranch and fishery products sold through co-ops, along with other co-ops that provide these producers with seeds, fertilizer and other inputs.

About 191,000 people worked for agricultural co-ops last year, 0.4% more than 2013.

Source: Fresh Plaza

Thứ Sáu, 23 tháng 10, 2015

Côte d'Ivoire, the richest African countries in Francophone West

 AFP - 10/22/2015

Abidjan - Ivory Coast, where a presidential election is scheduled for Sunday, is the world's largest cocoa producer and the first African economic powerhouse of Francophone West. The country is gradually recovering from more than a decade of political and military crises and partition of its territory. - Houphouet-Boigny, Father of the Nation - Former French colony Ivory Coast became independent on Aug. 7, 1960, and Félix Houphouët-Boigny was elected president. 

In 1990, after 30 years of power by the Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI) and a wave of protest, the multiparty system is introduced. Houphouet-Boigny wins a seventh term. After the death of the "Father of the Nation" in late 1993, Henri Konan Bédié (PDCI) came to power. He won the presidential election of 1995, boycotted by the opposition and marked by violent street protests. - Political and military crises - On December 24, 1999, a mutiny of soldiers becomes coup, the first of the country's history. General Robert Guei announced the removal of President Bédié. 

The September 19, 2002, an armed rebellion trying to overthrow the regime of President Laurent Gbagbo - in power since the controversial election of October 2000 - before taking control of the northern half of the country. Formerly called "safe haven", the country is found cut in two between a rebel north and a loyalist south. France, closely involved in the search for solutions, conduct a military and diplomatic action. 

Deployed in 2002 to come between rebels and loyalists and protect foreign nationals Licorne evolves into a rapid reaction force in favor of the peacekeepers of the United Nations Operation (UNOCI), on site since 2004. October-November 2010, a presidential election, postponed six times since 2005, Laurent Gbagbo opposed to his rival Alassane Ouattara. 

The country is left with two presidents, the Constitutional Council has proclaimed the victory of Gbagbo and the electoral commission that Ouattara. The UN recognizes the victory of the latter. In April 2011, Gbagbo was arrested after more than four months of crisis resulting from its refusal to concede defeat in favor of Ouattara and which left more than 3,000 dead. He is imprisoned in The Hague and be tried before the International Criminal Court. 

- The world's leading producer of cocoa - Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa producer, with over 35% of global harvests and record production of over 1.7 million tonnes in 2014. 

Coffee, Cashew (2nd world producer). Rubber plantations, cotton, palm oil or fruit. The agricultural sector accounts for 22% of GDP, over 50% of export earnings, and above two thirds of employment and sources of income of the population, according to the World Bank. Ivory Coast subsoil contains including gold, manganese, diamond, iron, nickel and copper, but only gold and manganese are extracted industrially. 

Mining does not represent more than 5% of GDP, according to official data. The country has experienced a growth of 9% over the last three years and GNI (gross national income) per capita was $ 1,460 in 2014 dollars, according to the World Bank. - 23 million people - Country of West Africa bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Côte d'Ivoire has 23 million people, including 5.4 million foreigners, according to the results of the first national census in 16 years made public late 2014. The nationality and the concept of Ivorian + + were at the heart of the Ivorian crisis. 

The country has more than 60 ethnic groups. Yamoussoukro (over 200,000 inhabitants) is the political and administrative capital, Abidjan (nearly 5 million inhabitants) is the economic capital. acm / vdr / pgf / jhd


Thứ Tư, 21 tháng 10, 2015


October 21, 2015 

There is so little attention paid to cashew nuts, even though they are considered to be one of the healthiest food. Mostly coming from the countries of Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique and Brazil, this is why they are the best ally to your health.
Health Benefits Of Cashew Nuts
1. These nuts are packed with calories. About 50 grams of Cashew Nuts contain 275 calories. In addition, they are rich in vitamins, soluble dietary fiber, minerals and many phytochemicals that prevent diseases, including cancers.
2. Cashews are also packed with monounsaturated fatty acids good for the heart health like palmitoleic and oleic acids. They belong to the group of essential fatty acids that can decrease the level of harmful LDL cholesterol and increase the level of good HDL cholesterol in our blood.
Scientific studies have shown that the so-called Mediterranean diet which is mostly based on monounsaturated fatty acids can help the system protect itself from strokes and coronary artery disease by supporting the blood lipid profile.
3. These tasty nuts are rich in essential minerals too. Some of the most useful minerals found in cashew nuts are magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc and iron.
Only a handful of these nuts on a daily basis can provide the necessary amount of these minerals and protect you from deficiency-related diseases. Selenium is a very important micronutrient and it works as a co-factor for antioxidant enzymes like Glutathione peroxides known as one of the strongest antioxidants in human body. Copper acts as a co-factor for many important enzymes too like superoxide dismutase and cytochrome c-oxidase. Zinc plays the same role together with enzymes that are responsible for the regulation of the growth and progress of digestion, gonadal function and DNA synthesis.
4. Cashews can be quite useful in numerous essential vitamins like pyridoxine or vitamin B6, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, thiamin or vitamin B11 and riboflavin. Just 3.5 Oz (100 gr) of nuts provide about 30% of daily recommended levels of B6 (that’s about 0.147 mg). B6 significantly lowers the chances of developing sideroblastic anemia and homocystinuria.
On the other hand, niacin improves the protection against pellagra or dermatitis. In addition, the aforementioned vitamins are crucial for metabolism of fat, protein and carbs at a cellular level.
5. Furthermore, cashews also contain a small quantity of zeaxanthin, a very important pigment of flavonoid antioxidant, which is selectively absorbed inside the retinal macula in our eyes. It is believed that it provides protective and antioxidant UV ray filtering features and protects us from ARMD or age-related macular degeneration in old people.
These are just some of the benefits of cashew nuts. They are also considered to be a natural antidepressant and can even come as a substitute to Prozac,
This Is how To Treat Depression With Cashews
Just two handfuls of cashews contain between 1.000 and 2.000 mg of tryptophan, which has proven to be equally successful as prescription antidepressants in many cases and the only difference, is that you will avoid the antidepressant side effects. Of course, this is something that big pharma hides from us.
Cashew nuts are an excellent source of tryptophan, a vital amino acid that we need to take through our food. This amino acid helps children grow and develop, regulates our mood, improves sleep, balances our behavior and significantly lowers the level of stress, depression and anxiety.
According to David Adams, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy who was part of the Drug Information Association Annual Meeting in 1993, we must pay close attention to the things that are happening around dietary supplements and the legal arena. If the producers of natural remedies manage to get the support, there will be a completely new class of products that will be competing with existing drugs. This is why there is need for a special law that will regulate the supplements.
In addition, the FDA Dietary Task Force has released a report in 1993, saying that the existence and selling of dietary supplements won’t jeopardize the efforts to create new drugs.
As you are probably aware, big pharma is a huge business, but there is much safer and effective natural depression treatment that they want to hide from us, because they will lose a lot of money.
Article source:

Gambia: GIEPA gives processing machine to cashew farmers

Tue Oct 20, 2015

The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GIEPA) has given a cashew apple processing machine to the Gambia Cashew Farmers Association through the association’s enterprise called ‘Baloleh business enterprise’.

The machine, hand over on Friday at the community development office in Brikama, was provided in collaboration with the Enhancement Integrated Framework (EIF) project of the Ministry of Trade.

Officials said the machine was manufactured in The Gambia, and it can process both cashew and vegetables.It can process 25 kilos per hour.

The acting Regional Director of Agriculture for West Coast Region, Isatou Jarju-Camara, said cashew processing is one of the steps that needed to be taken towards the realisation of the Vision 2016 food self-sufficiency goal.

She said the machine will go a long way in helping to address post-harvest loses during the cashew season.A lot of cashew apples are wasted during harvest time, due to inadequate processing machine in the country.

Mrs Jarju-Camara hailed GIEPA and EIF for their timely intervention, while calling on cashew farmers to be business-minded and put the machine into good use.

The president of cashew farmers, Alieu B.A. Faye, said the machine will help them save labour and time, as well as improve their income earning.

He applauded the donors and assured all that the machine will be used wisely.

Mariama Fatajo, director of Business and Export Development at GIEPA, said the cashew apple has been wasting over the years in the country due to lack of processing facilities.

This is why GIEPA deemed it necessary to partner with EIF to give support to the cashew farmers in the country, she said.

A representative of the EIF project, Modou Touray, said the project has been supporting the cashew farmers in areas like training on good agricultural practices.

Mr Touray urged the cashew farmers to maintain the machine as a business enterprise.


Ghana: Cashew production to increase in next three years

Tue Oct 20, 2015

The Director of the Wenchi Agriculture Station, Aaron Akyea says the Research Station is producing planting materials for the cashew farmers.
Speaking to Radio Ghana on prospects for the cashew season, Mr. Akyea said given good rains the yield of cashew will increase in the next three years.

He asked the cashew farmers Association to seek Government support to produce more for export.

He said cashew runs high in export among the non-traditional products.


Thứ Hai, 19 tháng 10, 2015

India: Cashew output falls despite increase in plantation area

Oct 18 2015

Experts blame unseasonal rains during fruit setting period for low production. Even as cashew markets are growing at over 10 per cent not only in India but also in the US, Europe and other countries, the raw cashew nut production in the country declined last financial year and continues to stay below the demand of the sector.

Cashew production in the country fell to 7,25,420 tonne in 2014-15 from 7,36,560 tonne in 2013-14, according to the cashew and cocoa development directorate, which is under the Union agriculture ministry. Interestingly, production has fallen despite a rise in the total area under the crop to 10,27,200 hectare in the last financial year from 10,07,695 hectare in 2013-14. The fall in output, according to commodity experts, can be attributed to unseasonal rains during the fruit setting period.

There is no alternative to increasing production to keep the industry self-sufficient and to meet the growing global demand, felt the cashew export promotion council (CEPCI). As per CEPCI estimates, India produces nearly 850,000 tonne of raw cashew, and about 375,000 tonne of kernels are produced from the total available raw nut supply of 1.7 million tonne.

India used to be the largest producer of raw cashew. But African countries have dethroned India. However, India retains the top position as the largest exporter of processed cashew kernels in the world. Cashew is procured from African countries, processed, sorted and then exported. India’s expertise in this field is unparalleled.

Vietnam and Brazil are the other major producers of raw cashew. Major importers of cashew nut are the US, the European Union (EU), China and countries in West Asia.

India imported Rs 6,571 crore worth of raw cashew nut for processing during 2014-15. But kernel exports during FY15 were valued at Rs 5,433 crore, clocking a forex earning deficit of Rs 1,138 crore.During the first eight months of FY16, Rs 6,000 crore worth of raw cashew nut was imported, but only Rs 2,068 crore worth of kernel was exported, resulting in a deficit of Rs 3,932 crore. Cashew nut is one of the most widely used edible tree nuts in the world. Cashew kernels are classified into several grades according to their size and colour. The evergreen cashew tree is also known for the liquid derived from cashew shell. Cashew nut, over the years, has emerged as a globally traded commodity.

When it comes to consumption of cashew, India has very recently overtaken the US as the largest consumer, making local sales more profitable than exports. According to experts, although the US continues to be the largest buyer of Indian cashew, processor-exporters are focusing more on the domestic market, particularly as the high cost of the imported raw nut has increased the cost of production for them.

Indian cashew sells for $3.35-3.65 (Rs 221.1-Rs 240.9) per pound (0.45 kg) in the international markets, while it retails at around Rs 500 a kg in India, where it is consumed in large quantities by the biscuit and confectionary industry.

The festival season in India, which falls between October and November, is expected to lead to a further surge in cashew demand and consumption. The global cashew market is also expected to see more positive changes in the fourth quarter, analysts said. Cashew is one of the 36 products (out of India’s overall export basket of 100) which had shown a compound annual growth rate of 21 per cent against the overall CAGR of 9.56 per cent.

But cashew exports have taken a hit due to the increasing cost of production and a cut in incentives. Exports have fallen 15 per cent in the first six months of FY16. Besides, the steep increase in imported raw nut prices neutralised the gain from the depreciation of the rupee against the dollar.At the end of September, exports fell to 48,518 tonne, valued at Rs 2,428 crore. In terms of value, the exports fell 2 per cent. Prior to this, cashew exports had been on the rise for several years, touching a record Rs 5,545 crore in 2014. India, according to experts, needs to choose the right blend of technology and ensure that Indian cashew processing has the best food safety standards. Then only both domestic consumption and export volume will pick up.


Thứ Bảy, 17 tháng 10, 2015

Nigeria: Cashew growers lament poor patronage

October 16, 2015

Cashew growers in Akwari community and other locations in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have bemoaned the poor patronage of their nuts.They spoke to the Southeast Report during an interaction with them and distributors.Cashew business is lucrative in the area, as is trade in pepper, cassava, palm oil.Cashew plants cover about 700 acres of land in the area.But the growers and distributors of cashew nuts face such challenges as poor road network and lack of storage facilities.These challenges cause the farmers and traders to sell at giveaway prices.A distributor of cashew nuts in the area and clan head of Ugwuomu and Onicha communities, Pa Jonathan Ugwuanyi lamented that the poor patronage was due to lack of good market system causing some of the farmers to travel as far as Orba and Obollo markets where they sell their products at low prices.

He said: “I have about 100 acres of cashew plantation, but the problem is that we have poor road and being cheated.”“If we have the facility we would have built a market in Akwari, everybody and government will be coming to buy cashew from us, but the cashew nuts are being wasted here,” he said.Also, Mr. Cornelius Eze said that the community is endowed with cashew plants and therefore, it was a veritable cash crop in the area.“Before, buyers from Anambra and Enugu states came to survey how we can be transporting the cashew nuts, but because of poor road they could not make a deal with us. Nobody from outside is coming to buy from us, we are just wasting it here,” he said.He continued: “In every harvesting season, some farmers produce about 20 to 30 kg bags of cashew nuts”.He therefore called on the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to construct the only road and a market for them in the area.

Posted By: Christian Okworon