Cashew Kernel Price Today
Cashew Kernel Price Today, July 21, 2017
W240: 5.20-5.25; W320: 5.05-5.15;
W450/ SW320/ LBW: 4.9-4.95;
DW: 4.5-4.6; WS/WB: 4.35-4.6;
LP: 3.75-3.85 (SP: Limited)
(Unit: USD/ Lb FOB HCMC/ Flexi packs)
Note: The above selling prices for non-Chinese markets/ Prompt shipment.
Thứ Tư, 30 tháng 12, 2015
|Cashews being processed for export at Quang Son Company in central Phu Yen Province's Phu Hoa District. Agro-forestry-fishery ran a trade surplus of US$7.1 billion in 2015, despite a slight reduction in export revenues. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue|
Thứ Ba, 29 tháng 12, 2015
Final rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act will be released beginning in the summer of 2015. Tick, tick, tick. If your company has paid attention to what was in the proposed rules and taken steps to address those requirements, the ticking is just the clock in the background. Keep being proactive; keep protecting yourself. We don’t expect many changes in the final rules, so the work you’ve done to date puts you ahead of the game. The final rules won’t go into effect immediately; there will be a phase in time of one to two years in most cases, depending on the size of the company. Though that ticking noise may seem to get a little louder at times, you can keep it as background noise with continued compliance efforts. Don’t let the length of that implementation time fool you. It’s not as long as it sounds and stopping efforts aimed at ensuring compliance will only make the ticking sound louder at some point down the road.
The time bomb scenario comes into play for those who have not paid attention to the proposed FSMA requirements and/or have not taken steps to ensure compliance. As the guys on the late-night TV infomercials say, Act Now! Don’t Delay!
Again, we don’t expect a lot of changes from the proposed to the final versions of the rules. So for those who are saying, “we’re waiting until the final rules are published”, bad move. I doubt there’s a company on the planet that has or will put together a preventive controls plan with no required changes. So why put off 100 percent of the initial work for the possibility that rule changes will impact 5 percent of the plan? Putting things off until the final rules are published leaves you that much less time to make any required changes to your plan.
The “plan” is foundation upon what FSMA is built. It refers to a preventive control plan. Every U.S. facility is required to have a preventive control plan in place that identifies all potential food safety hazards, outlines steps to address those hazards and spells out how the plan will be monitored and verified. FDA can’t directly require foreign facilities to meet these requirements, so the law requires the U.S. importer to be able to ensure the food being imported by the company meets or exceeds the requirements U.S. producers must meet. Therefore, FSMA requires importers to have the preventive control plans for every facility from which it imports.
So what steps should people be taking?
Foreign exporters shipping to the U.S.: Design your preventive controls plan. Most companies have such a plan in place but it’s called by a different name. Many people are concerned that although they have a plan in place to meet requirements in the European Union or someplace else, the certifications, etc. are not recognized in the U.S. A key thing to keep in mind is that the plan has to ensure the food is safely prepared; the law does not spell out what certifications are accepted. So a plan a company has in place for the EU, for example, could very well meet most or all of the FSMA requirements.
Here’s a step to take that not only protects you but sends a strong statement about your commitments to quality and the U.S. market – ask your U.S. customers for a date by which they want to receive your preventive control plans. Not only does it show you’re being proactive, it can give you an idea of how much the customer knows about FSMA regulations. This is important because an importer’s failure to have sufficient plans from each of its customers could lead to FDA halting that company’s operations. You want to work with progressive companies that take the steps needed to protect themselves and you.
U.S. importers: Request preventive control plans from every facility from which you import. Remember, this is facility-specific, not company-specific. So if you import from a company with more than one facility, get the preventive control plans from all of the facilities producing product you sell. It’s not enough just to get the plans. You need to review them because if a problem arises, the importer is ultimately responsible. Since some of your suppliers will need time to develop/adjust their plans, request this information as soon as possible.
The relationship between U.S. importers and their foreign suppliers and the FSMA requirements that further connect them are so important there are two articles elsewhere in this publication by attorneys at two leading law firms that cover the topic. Though the perspective in the articles and the report you’re reading now are all a little different, one message is the same – don’t wait! Tick, tick, tick.
There was an article in an edition of this publication from several years ago about the case against marketing orders. Unfortunately, some members of AFI’s Nut & Ag Section are in the midst of living through a prime example of the need for elimination or reform of these orders.
The problem is in the hazelnut sector. Imported hazelnuts are subject to the marketing order on that product. Starting about a year ago, imported shipments of hazelnuts from the country supplying the vast majority of the world’s hazelnuts began failing USDA inspections. AFI immediately began looking into the issue, creating a task force that held meetings with USDA, the foreign producers and the domestic board that administers the marketing order.
None of us want to market unsafe product, so our first step was to ensure the product was still safe. Once that was determined, we provided information to the foreign producers on the steps we recommend to try to address the problem.
At the same time, we studied the marketing order and agreed there were changes that should be made that would help the entire industry. Unlike many other sectors, there is a history of cooperation in the hazelnut sector, best demonstrated by the work of the Hazelnut Council. That body existed for several years through the cooperation of foreign producers and their government, domestic producer interests and AFI and its members.
Rather than go into the nitty gritty of the specific issue, I’ll focus on the larger issue. Even though imports are subject to the marketing order, the import community – neither the importers nor the foreign suppliers – has no representation on the board of the marketing order. However, the first step that has to be taken to change a marketing order is for the board that runs the order to make a request to the Secretary of Agriculture to make a change to the order.
So in this case, the domestic industry is not experiencing the same problem as imports at the moment. The problem didn’t even appear to be on their radar. As I’m sure we would have done, they asked many questions about the issue but were not all that sympathetic toward us and did not immediately agree with our suggestion to change the marketing order standard to create an industrial grade that much of the product being rejected could easily fit into, allowing perfectly safe hazelnuts to be ground for uses such as the rapidly growing nut butter segment.
It’s important to make the distinction between USDA grade standards and marketing order standards. They are separate and not interchangeable. If we went through the long process of seeking a change to the USDA grade standard for hazelnuts, it would have no impact on the standard outlined in the marketing order and vice versa. The only difference is that we would have a voice in dealing with the USDA standard.
We continue to speak with the domestic industry to answer their questions and to ensure they understand the breadth of the problem. Though we remain hopeful our relationship with the domestic growers will help us address this issue, we remain frustrated with the protectionism built into marketing orders and that treat importers in a way similar to taxation without representation.
As we continue to work with the domestic growers on this issue, we continue to work with trade associations around the world involved in the nuts, seeds and dried fruit sectors. The relationships with organizations such as the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association, SINDACAJU in Brazil, the Cashew Export Promotion Council of India, VINACAS in Vietnam and the African Cashew Alliance help us all understand one another’s issues and help AFI spread the word about U.S. requirements. This is especially important today as we wait for the soon-to-be-published final rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act. AFI will work with its fellow associations to spread the word about the new requirements so we can work to ensure our suppliers can meet the new requirements. AFI also cooperates with industry associations in the nuts, seeds and dried fruit sectors in Europe regarding arbitration issues.
All of these relationships put AFI in position to work on our behalf. As the second generation involved in my company’s business, I had early exposure to AFI’s work. I’ve seen how AFI’s partners look to us for guidance and I’ve seen how U.S. and foreign government agencies seek AFI’s input. I encourage members to bring issues to AFI’s attention and I encourage non-members reading this to seriously consider becoming a member of the organization. You’ll be glad you did.
Dan Phipps, Red River Foods
Thứ Hai, 28 tháng 12, 2015
Thứ Bảy, 26 tháng 12, 2015
Monday, 21 December 2015
KRUSHNA CHANDRA PANDA | BHUBANESWAR
Repeatedly ravaged by natural disasters, the recent deluge following unprecedented rains being the latest, the farmers in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district have started diversifying like never before.
From taking up organic farming to cashew shelling to cattle rearing, they are branching out to different areas connected to agriculture with the help of government agencies and NGOs that provide them training and micro-credit support.
K Gopalakrishnan of V Kattupalayam, essentially a farmer, had some time back also taken up cashew procurement, shelling, processing and marketing. But, with the deluge having hit the cashew business, he is now contemplating taking up vermicomposting as a new alternative. Vermicomposting is the practice of using earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer.
"It is all about syncing demand, supply, seasons and time. At the moment cashew shelling is at a slow pace. We expect it to pick up momentum after some time. During such lean period we give more attention to organic farming or some other local work," he says.
Gopalakrishnan says he had previously produced and used vermicompost exclusively for his farms but "now I find that it can be sold and vermicomposting by itself could get me some additional income".
Also the treasurer of Real Organic Agriculture Federation (ROAF), Gopalakrishnan says farmers like him were now tapping the potential of micro-credit and seeking hands-on training on latest farm trends more and more.
He said experts from government agencies like Krishi Vigyan Kendra and NGO "Real" provide information about current trends in the farming sector and train them in organic farming techniques. The NGO has also lent interest free loans, he added.
"Earlier, we used to feel that we knew all available farms techniques. Now, after attending training sessions, we feel that science combined with traditional wisdom could make the difference," he said.
"Through our ROAF, several farmers have got Rs 10,000 loan and our federation today lends tractor to farmers at concessional rentals which is as low as Rs 100-200 a day while the going market rate is over Rs 1,000," he said.
Gopalakrishnan's wife Soundaravalli, a key member of a local women's self-help group, thanked NABARD Financial Services (NABFINS) for their micro-credit services.
Due to such credit, she said, women in her village were gainfully employed. "Aided by such credit, (alongwith their own contribution) some of us have bought manual cashew outer-shell crushers, while others have gone for farming organic vegetables," she said.
Though the Muslim League offered partial control of the corporation’s affairs, Labour Minister Shibu
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has dismissed the board of directors of the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation, freeing the board of political appointees.
Though IAS officers K.Biju and K. Jeevan Babu have been appointed chairman and managing director, respectively, Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty does not want to leave the full control of the corporation to the Labour Department headed by Shibu Baby John.
Though the Muslim League offered partial control of the corporation’s affairs, the RSP leader said he did not want to be a deputy minister in charge of the corporation, holding up the notification for the planned transfer of the corporation.
The previous cabinet meeting had decided to reconstitute the corporation’s board of directors by including bureaucrats, after the chairman resigned due to allegations of corruption and the managing director was shown the door.
The new MD, Jeevan Babu, comes from the Kerala State Beverages Corporation.
The corporation earlier had a board comprising two members from the Congress, including the chairman, two representatives of the Muslim League and one member each from the CPM, CPI and the RSP.
Board members from the CPI and the CPM resigned after corruption allegations clouded the corporation. Trouble erupted in Muslim League when the entire board was about to be disbanded.
The corporation may no longer have a board with political appointees.
The plan to shift the board to the Labour Department was mooted by Industries Minister Kunhalikutty himself. Opposition from within the Muslim League intensified by the time the government was about to notify the change. Meanwhile, the new chairman and the MD had been asked to study about the possibility of reviving the corporation. They have submitted a report, saying that the corporation could be given a fresh lease of life with a grant of Rs 65 crore. The government wants future tenders to be transparent.
by Jayan Menon
Thứ Sáu, 25 tháng 12, 2015
Brazil’s statistical agency IBGE cut its national cashew nut production forecast by 20.94% to 154,105 tonnes in November, down from the previous 194,916 tonnes estimate published in the organisation's October report.
Thứ Tư, 23 tháng 12, 2015
Enrich your mind this holiday season by having a look at the "Technical Information Kit" published by the The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, INC and the Global Cashew Council (GCC). Wishing you and your family a "nutty" holiday season! Link to the kit below:
Source: INC/ GCC