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Thứ Hai, 29 tháng 2, 2016

Tanzania: PM Uncovers Graft At Mtwara Port

29 Feb. 2016

Prime  Minister Kassim Majaliwa has unearthed yet another sickening corruption and flaws in the tendering process at the Southern sea gateway Mtwara port.
The premier, who was in Mtwara to inspect the construction of three docks at the port sensed elements of crooked practices. He directed relevant authorities to ensure the project implementation takes off instantly.
Mtwara is the third largest ocean seaport in the country. It was built as part of the failed Tanganyika groundnut scheme. With the recent economic boom in the region, the government is directing funds for upgrading of the port.
Speaking after inspecting the ongoing construction, the Premier said he had information that the company that won the tender was not given the task to implement the project.
He hinted that procurement personnel at the port were a stumbling block, a situation that delays the construction process. He urged Members of Parliament from Mtwara to team up and ensure that construction of the three docks starts at the earliest.
It will also create employment to people in the region. "Not only employment opportunities will be availed to people of Mtwara but many ships will be docking at Mtwara port and pay taxes that will increase revenue for the region," said the Premier.
"I know that there are plans to construct four new docks at Mtwara (one will be under the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and the rest through tendering.
The tender was announced and Hyundai Company from Japan won. But there have been delaying tactics in awarding this tender. We are working on this to find out where the problem is."
He said so far the capacity is that only one ship can dock at a time, but when the construction will be done, the capacity will be three ships at a time. But we must ensure that the cashew nut business community is using the port to export the product as agreed.
Mr Majaliwa said there are problems within the cashew nut board as it was agreed that the export should be through Mtwara port but surprisingly they are giving special permits to export their consignment through Dar es Salaam port.
He also advised the Mtwara Port Master, Prosper Kimaro, to be very careful with the procurement unit as it has been the source of lost revenue through dubious deals.
The Premier assured the Members of Parliament from Mtwara that the government has set aside 13.8bn/- as compensation to residents of Kisiwa and Mgao villages who have been relocated to other areas to pave the way for the port expansion. Meanwhile, the government has set aside 1.65bn/- for practical training of teachers in colleges countrywide.
The Prime Minister made the announcement in Mtwara on Saturday evening when he met with education sector employees from all districts in Mtwara region. "The government is aware of the practical training for teachers.
In February we issued 1.65bn/- to facilitate Block Teaching Practice in 35 public teachers colleges," he said. He added that the money should cater for subsistence allowances, return fares and money to by teaching and learning materials.

Indian Budget 2016-17 : Interesting Factors

Sat Feb 27, 2016

Indian finance minister will present the union budget on Monday, 29 February 2016.

He cannot shift to GST rates before passing the GST in both houses of the parliament. So he has to present the budget for FY 2016-17 in accordance with the existing tax system. That means, the system will continue for some time.

Therefore even if the parliament passes the legislation on GST, the specific date of implementation may not be possible in the Q1 of the coming fiscal year.


India: Go scientific for better returns, cashew farmers advised

February 29, 2016, Ullal, dhns

Farmers shou-ld make cashew cultivation a profitable venture by incorporating scientific and technical inputs, said Agricultural and Horticultural University Extension Director Dr T H Gowda.

Speaking at the Cashew Field Day organised by the Agriculture Research Station at Ullal and Agricultural and Horticultural University here on Thursday, he said that there is a demand for cashew nuts in the international market. 

“Farmers should make cashew cultivation a profitable venture. At present, there is an average yield of four kg per cashew plant in the coastal belt. This needs to be increased to 10 to 12 kg per plant,” he said, also suggesting, “Along with cashew cultivation, farmers should grow elephant foot yam and fruits to gain additional income.”He added that if enough water is supplied to the cashew cultivators of the plateau region, then the yield per acre will increase. The number of cultivators is coastal district is less, he said.

He also said that oil can be extracted from the skin of cashew nuts.

Cashew farmers Michael Rodrigues of Kollur, Aithappa Naik of Madnoor in Puttur, Canute Aranha from Kilpady in Mulki, Shyamsundar Shastri of Kolnad in Manchi, Shyamala Shastri of Prakrithi Food and Abdul Azeez of Kolya were felicitated on the occasion.


India: ’9.36%’ Import Tax on Raw Cashew?

Mon Feb 29, 2016

According to some budget analysts, import duty on raw cashew will be 5%+extra charges+cess from 1st March 2016.
Thus the total tax on raw cashew imports will become 9.36%.
 - West African raw cashew sector may suffer heavy losses in this season.


Thứ Bảy, 27 tháng 2, 2016

India: KFD has Sattari cashew farmers in a tight spot


India: Cashew plantations in district hit by rain shortage, farmers fear price dip

TNN | Feb 23, 2016, 10.28 AM IST

Vsakhapatnam: Cashew, which is grown as a mixed crop across 1.2 lakh acres of land in the district including the Agency belt, has been one of the mainstays of the farmers in the region. However, this year, cashew is likely to disappoint the farming community due to various reasons and ryots are already speculating that even if there is a price hike per bag this time, the loss of crop acerage will still put them in the red.

Last year, each bag was sold for Rs 8,000. P Srinivasa Rao, a senior retired field scientist who still assists the district administration, said, "Late blooming is an issue that bothers farmers a lot. Whenever there is an extended cold season with heavy dew, the trees bloom later than usual. Usually, cashew should be in full bloom by the month of February. This time, it has not happened chiefly because of an extended cold season. We are expecting the trees to bloom properly after the first week of March and, hopefully, they will flower to their potential."

But farmers are worried that even if the trees bloom properly, if the market is already flooded with cashew from elsewhere, the prices will fall instead of going up. C Kami Naidu, a farmer from Ramannapalem village in Makkavaripalem mandal, said, "Just because the trees bloom late does not mean that the farmers and those who take the crop on lease will make a killing. It all depends on how the markets function. Once the market is flooded with cashew from down south, the prices will fall and we may not be able to make the money we think we can. For that matter, prices could even crash."

Keeping a close watch on the situation, the horticulture department officials have advised the farmers to wait and watch and hoping that there will be no crop loss as far as cashew is concerned.

"Late blooming is an issue that bothers farmers a lot. Whenever there is an extended cold season with heavy dew, the trees bloom later than usual. Usually, cashew should be in full bloom by the month of February. This time, it has not happened chiefly because of an extended cold season. We are expecting the trees to bloom properly after the first week of March and, hopefully, they will flower to their potential," said P Srinivasa Rao, Senior retired field scientist.


Cashew Production Booms in Ivory Coast

Published February 23, 2016
Ivory Coast is cashing in on cashew nuts. Over the past ten years, the country increased its production by 400 percent, and recently overtook India as the world's top cashew nut producer. But the sector remains challenged by the lack of domestic processing capacity, which impacts its revenues. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan.

Emilie Iob

Cashew nuts: Ivorian excellence

Thu Feb 25, 2016

You open your baking trays or aperitifs ... But you probably know that cashew is a genuine agricultural issue and perhaps for many industrial countries like India, Brazil, Vietnam ... And it is an African country that is, for the first time, the largest producer this year: the Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast was already the world's leading cocoa producer. Since this year, that's king of nuts ... cashews. The northern provinces of the country in particular allow it to be a leader in cashew, the fruit of a tree that has supplanted rubber or even cotton with Ivorian farmers who find a stable source of income and security, while global price of rubber or cotton fiber regularly the yoyo on the stock exchanges, cashew nuts, it offers an assurance of income that go increasing from one year to another.

Thus, the purchase price to the farmers set by the state is 350 CFA francs (0.53 euro) per kilo for harvest in 2016 against 275 FCFA (0.41 euros) last year. Ivory Coast is expected to achieve a harvest of 725 000 tonnes to India, with 650 000 tonnes; Vietnam it is third with 325,000 tons.
International demand is strong and steady and is even local operators in Ivory Coast who plan to include cashew powder in their process.

Thus Cémoi chocolatier that transforms a small portion of cocoa locally considering replacing the rare and expensive nut in its spread by local cashew and cheaper. But producing the bean is not everything, it is still necessary to transform it. As for cocoa beans, cashew is exported semi-processed or raw to Asia where the product is finalized aperitifs or powder for baking.
By the admission of the sector, that is where the rub. The cooperation program with Vietnam in particular to allow for processing into finished products, is still in its infancy: a serious shortfall in the country that could increase the added value of its nuts especially that targets by the industry are ambitious.

Ivory Coast sets a goal, a production of one million tonnes by 2020.


Global Nuts and Seeds Market: Changing Food Habits to Drive Market’s Growth.

Fri Feb 26, 2016

The global market for nuts and seeds has exhibited an impressive rise over the past decade. The significant increase in the consumption of various types of seeds and nuts has substantially boosted this market over last few years. In 2014, the global nuts market stood at US$1,137.06 bn and the worldwide market for seeds reported a total market value of US$56.23 bn. Analysts project the nuts market to rise globally at a CAGR of 1.70% during the period from 2015 to 2021 and reach US$1,279.4 bn by the end of 2021. The global seeds market, on the other hand, is anticipated to register a CAGR of 10.0% during the same period, arriving at US$114.2 bn by the end 2021.

In terms of volume, the global nuts market produced a total of 37.38 mn tons and the worldwide seeds market produced 4.41 mn tons in 2014. Experts have predicted that the nuts market will record a CAGR of 1.40% between 2015 and 2021 and produce approximately 7.8 mn tons by 2021, whereas the seed market will expand at a CAGR of 7.70% over the same duration.
Cashew Nuts to Lead Nuts Market and Sunflower Seeds to Dominate Seeds Market

The global market for nuts is majorly driven by almonds, peanuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, macadamia. In 2014, the cashew nuts segment led this market and was closely followed by the walnut segment. Experts predict the cashew nuts segment to retain its position in the forthcoming years. Sunflower seeds, corn/maize, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and soybean are the major seeds available in the worldwide seeds market. The corn/maize segment dominated this market in 2014. The soybean segment acquired the second position, the same year. Both the segments are likely to maintain their respective positions in the near future.

Increased Disposable Income to Drive Asia Pacific Nuts and Seeds Market The global market for nuts and seeds is spread across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. Asia Pacific dominated this market with a majority share in 2014. The rise in the disposable income of consumers in Asia Pacific has influenced the food habits of these people in a major way.
People, here, are increasingly including seeds and nuts in their daily diet owing to the growing awareness about the benefits offered by them. Additionally, the escalating demand for processed food and beverages, containing nuts and seeds is expected to boost the Asia Pacific nuts and seeds market.

North America Enjoys Second Position in Global Nuts and Seeds Market North America occupied the second position in the overall market with a share of 30% in 2014. The trend is expected to be continued in the coming years. Other regional nuts and seeds markets are also projected to exhibit healthy growth in the near future.

Richardson International, Bayer Crop Science A.G., Syngenta, Diamond Foods Inc., Blue Diamond Growers Inc., Cargill Inc., DuPont, McCormick and Co. Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Co., and Monsanto Co. are some of the major players functioning in the global nut and seeds market.


El Niño delaying cashew crops in West Africa

El Niño is definitely also having an impact on West African cashew crops, Global Trading & Agency observed in a report today.
The company had gleaned this and other major insights on the cashew market at a cashew convention organised by and held in Dubai.
Global Trading & Agency explained that crops in West Africa are developing “OK, but delayed”.

Cashew "made in Ivory Coast" on sale in Asia and the Middle East


A mission of Cashew Cotton Council is since February 17 in the Middle East and Asia to promote the Cashew "made in Ivory Coast" considered better globally.

This promotion mission comes after the launch of the 2016 campaign marketing of cashews for which a minimum price edge field of 350 CFA per kilogram was made official by the Government on 10 February. Besides promoting cashew nut made in Côte d'Ivoire, the mission aims to promote exceptional third country, after the adoption of the reform of the sector in 2013.

The first step of this mission led the Ivorian delegation to Dubai, the Middle East from 18 to 21 February. Where she participated in Word 2016 Cashew Convention annual meeting structures and players in the global cashew sector. This agreement, which is in its second edition allows exporters and importers of raw cashew nuts and cashew kernels, industrial equipments and processing promoters, private and governmental support structures to meet and discuss the issues and developments in the global cashew industry.

Due to its position as the leading producer and exporter of raw cashew nuts, the Ivorian delegation received during the two and a half days of work, five interventions, which allowed him to introduce changes in the sector of cashew in Cote Ivory, investment opportunities. And invite participants from Asia, Europe, America and Africa to the 2nd edition of the International Exhibition of Equipment and the Cashew Processing Technology

(SIETTA) scheduled from 17 to 19 November 2016 in Abidjan.

The Ivorian delegation then traveled to Ho Chi Minh City to participate in the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACASS) meeting bringing together all the players in the value chain of cashew in Vietnam. Vietnam is a great country cashews, walnuts second importer of Ivorian origin and leading exporter of cashew kernels. It is now a country at the forefront of cashew processing technologies. The participation of the Ivorian delegation at this meeting was a first in trade between the two countries on cashew.

This meeting allowed the Vietnamese to reassure stakeholders on measures to improve the quality of Ivorian cashew, traceability and security of commercial transactions. It also involves taking into account the discussions, concerns Ivorians operators in terms of securing contracts for exports of raw cashews, particularly as regards the payment and management of the quality of the claims landing.

Additionally a technical assistance agreement between TECNOLOGY BUSINESS INCUBATOR (POLYTECHNIC OF HO CHI MINH CITY) and the TECHNOLOGY CENTRE CAJOU (CTC) under construction at the Technopole Yamoussoukro was signed. This agreement concerns the transfer of technology and déquipement to strengthen the CTC.


ACA Begins Preparations for 2016 ACA Conference in Bissau

Thu Feb 25, 2016

ACA has begun to gather support for our upcoming ACA World Cashew Festival & Expo, which will be held in Bissau in September 2016. From February 4th to February 9th, 2016 an ACA Team, including Managing Director Dr. Babafemi Oyewole, held various meetings throughout Bissau to plan the upcoming conference and identify willing partners.

The ACA team met with the local organizing committee (LOC) to review their role in conference preparation and discuss strategies for logistics and industry organization. The LOC consists of ANCA, the national regulatory agency for cashew in Guinea-Bissau, as well as PRSPDA, a World Bank project focused on private sector rehabilitation in the cashew sector. ANCA and PRSPDA both expressed their commitemnt to ensuring a successful conference, stating that this event was an opportunity for the industry in Guinea-Bissau to gain international exposure. ACA will work closely with ANCA and PRSPDA to promote sector organization in advance of the event in September.

On February 8th, the ACA team, along with the President of ANCA and the Coordinator of PRSPDA, met with the Minister of Finance and Economy in Guinea-Bissau. Dr. Oyewole introduced ACA and the annual conference to the Minister and discussed upcoming plans for sector organization with ANCA and PRSPDA. The Minister expressed strong support for the 2016 World Cashew Festival & Expo and pledged to provide government assistance throughout preparations.

ACA greatly appreciates the support of the Guinea-Bissau government and private sector stakeholders in Bissau. Following these meetings, ACA is confident that Bissau is an excellent location to hold our 10th annual conference and is excited to welcome our members and partners to Guinea-Bissau in September.


Thứ Năm, 25 tháng 2, 2016

2 SIETTA 2016 / Malamine Sanogo in promotional mission abroad

Published Friday, February 26, 2016 | Intelligent d'Abidjan 

© by Atapointe 
Official opening of the 2014 campaign marketing l`anacarde 
Monday, February 17 2014 Abidjan (Caistab). Minister l`Agriculture, Coulibaly Sangafowa officially opened the 2014 campaign for the marketing l`anacarde, attended by industry players. The price of cashews is set at 225 CFA francs / kg. Malamine Sanogo, director general of the Council of cotton and cashew.

The second edition of the International Exhibition of Equipment and Processing Technology of Cashew (SIETTA) will take place from 17 to 19 November 2016 at the Palace of Culture of Treichville. To promote this important event dedicated to the cashew and the actors in this sector, the director general of the Council of cotton and cashew currently staying outside of Côte d'Ivoire. Sanogo Malamine led the Ivorian delegation of the Cashew Exporters Association of Ivory Coast (AEC-CI) and the Groupement des Industriels Cashew (ICG-CI) and the INP-HB researchers for this mission promotion that began February 18, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.From 18 to 21 February Malamine Sanogo took part in the second edition of Word 2016 Cashew Convention, a framework that allows exporters and importers of raw cashew nuts and cashew kernels, industrial equipments and promoters of transformation , private and governmental structures of support to meet and discuss the issues and developments in the global cashew industry. Due to its position as the leading producer and exporter of raw cashew nuts, the Ivorian delegation received during the two and half days of work, five interventions that allowed each of its components to present the developments in the sector cashew in Ivory Coast, investment opportunities and to invite participants from Asia, Europe, America and Africa in the 2nd edition of SIETTA. Malamine Sanogo responded to the invitation of the Vietnam Cashew Association (VINACASS), grouping the entire value chain of the cashew in Vietnam, the second importer of Ivorian origin nuts and leading exporter of cashew kernels. During his presence in Ho Chi Minh City, the Director General of the Council of cotton and cashew had high level meetings with key players in the cashew sector of Vietnam, visited processing plants and facilities equipment manufacturers of processing. He took part in the launch of the marketing year cashews from the Ivory Coast which was a first in trade between the two countries on cashew. 


Ivory Coast, VN discuss cashew trade

Updated: Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 08:23 AM

Workers process cashews for export at Quang Son Limited Company in the central province of Phu Yen. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Executives from the Ivory Coast cashew industry met with their Vietnamese counterparts in HCM city yesterday to discuss issues affecting bilateral trade and strengthen ties between Ivorian cashew exporters and Vietnamese processors.
Nguyen Duc Thanh, chairman of the Viet Nam Cashew Association, said the country is the world's largest cashew processor and exporter, processing about 1.3 million to 1.4 million tonnes annually.
But raw cashew supply is not enough to meet processors' demand and so the country imports large volumes of raw nuts.
Dang Hoang Giang, Vinacas deputy chairman, said Viet Nam imported 860,000 tonnes last year, mainly from African countries.
Ivory Coast was the largest supplier, shipping 302,441 tonnes, but there were some issues affecting the importation of the raw nuts, including delays in shipment, he said.
Bach Khanh Nhut, deputy director of quality checking company Vinacontrol in HCM City, said: "The quality of raw cashew nuts imported from Ivory Coast has improved significantly. However, some sellers still supply low-quality products, including sprouted and deformed nuts with rot, decay, and mould, which caused serious losses to Vietnamese buyers."
He urged Nigerian exporters to properly check moisture levels of raw nuts before loading them into containers.
Vietnamese importers at the meeting asked Vinacas and the Council of Cotton and Cashew of Ivory Coast (CCA) to help them work directly with Ivorian suppliers to cut costs. The imports are now done through third parties.
Malamine Sanogo, general director of CCA, said his country has implemented many measures to improve quality and productivity.
Ivory Coast is the world's largest cashew producer, producing 720,000 tonnes last year, he said.
Most of the raw nut was exported, he said, adding, "We processed just 45,000 tonnes of the total output, so we want to call on Vietnamese firms to invest in cashew processing in Ivory Coast.
"Our productivity is low at around 400kg per hectare. So we want to co-operate with the Vietnamese side to improve productivity."
The Ivorian and Vietnamese cashew industries are complementary, and so co-operation would result in a win-win situation, he said.

Viet Nam's cashew productivity is around 1.4 tonnes, Thanh said, adding that "Viet Nam is willing to help Ivory Coast in raising its cashew productivity from 400kg per hectare to one tonne." — VNS

Vietnam: Cote d'Ivoire to cooperate with cashew development in Binh Phuoc

Tue Feb 23, 2016

22/2 days at Dong Xoai Town (Binh Phuoc province), Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee of Binh Phuoc Tran Ngoc Trai has worked with the Mission Council Bong-Article Cote d'Ivoire and establish cooperation in this sector, the same school that tree cultivation, sale conditions, crude imports from Cote d'Ivoire to Binh Phuoc province.

Exchanged at the meeting, Bong-article Councils Cote d'Ivoire forward Binh Phuoc province in particular and Vietnam in general to create favorable conditions for the industry that Cote d'Ivoire create relationships long-term cooperation in order to learn , improving productivity cashew production.

He Ouatara Bassifou, supervisory council head Bong-Article Cote d'Ivoire, said that although the production of crude of Cote d'Ivoire is very large, about 700,000 Ims / year, whereas the average yield was lower from 400 -700 kg / ha / year. So, with the average yield is very high in Binh Phuoc thing today, the Cote d'Ivoire are looking forward to working to improve seedling, supporting advanced farming techniques, cashew processing capacity for added services in foreign markets crude exports.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee of Binh Phuoc Tran Ngoc Trai expressed, the fact that increased crop yields depend on many factors such as weather, soil, seed ... so the two sides need to take the new reality solve the problem.

On the issue of local support for a country, the province will have to report to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government to consult with specific direction. However, the capacity of the processing plants in the province have crude processing needs higher than current conditions. Provincial Association will assign the construction Binh Phuoc that specific proposals and report to the provincial People's Committee and will support a maximum commitment of businesses affiliated with the Association of Binh Phuoc that it is developing international relations fall.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee also recommended Bong-The Association of Cote d'Ivoire will have a direct meeting with the associations, businesses that Binh Phuoc and create the most favorable conditions for businesses online to import cashews Cote d'Ivoire without going through intermediaries and desired cooperation between the two sides increasingly favorable and successful.

Binh Phuoc province has more than 134.000ha planting cashew trees, with the average yield of 1.4 Ims / ha. From 2007 to the present, it fell from 170.000ha area than 134.000ha, with output of 156,000 Ims to an average of 190,000 Ims / year.

To this point, the province of Binh Phuoc has not yet reached the same "standard", farmers are still using hundreds of different varieties, resulting in productivity has not been reached as compared to the climatic conditions and soil upon interests in the province. Binh Phuoc's cashew production reached 190,000 tons / year; in order to balance the provincial processing 80% and 20% of imports. /.

Source: Vietnam + / VNA

Chủ Nhật, 21 tháng 2, 2016


21 Feb. 2016

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Thứ Bảy, 20 tháng 2, 2016

India: Cashew yield in coastal Karnataka expected to fall

20 Feb. 2016

The cashew industry in Karnataka is anticipated to suffer this year as there could be a fall in production due to the delay in flowering, the experts feel.
While erratic change in weather is primarily being held responsible for the fall, there are other factors too. "Overall the flowering has been delayed. But the weather is not to be blamed entirely. The variety and the nutritional status of the soil and climatic factors are also responsible," says Dr Gangadhar Nayak, Principal Scientist (Horticulture) Directorate of Cashew Research in Puttur.

The early varieties that were expected to flower between November and December is flowering in January and February. It rained in December. This is the situation in West Coast that includes areas of Uttar Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi up to Kasargod in Kerala. The delay is almost by one month. Flowering is further less by 20-30 per cent in those farms where the nutritional status is not good or not properly manured.
Speaking about the yield, Dr Nayak said, "Since the flowering is delayed, and in case the region witnesses summer showers, the quality is bound to be affected. The places where farmers have manured regularly will not have much impact. For instance, at the institute, there is a slight delay in flowering, but fruiting is normal. We have regularly sprayed normal fertilizers, manuring and taken necessary steps. The delay could be by 15-20 days, but the fruiting is normal."
In East Coast, fruiting is generally in March-April and harvest will continue till June-July. The major cashew plantations are found in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Kolar, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur, Shivamogga and Belagavi. The Kolar- Chikkaballapur areas may not be affected as flowering begins only after January. Hence the impact may be seen only in the Coastal regions. Unfruitfulness could be due to various reasons such as genetic material, governed by nutritional factors, climatic and diseases.
In Dakshina Kananda plantations are spread over 30-35,000 hectares approximately, while Udupi and Uttar Kannada region it could be 40-50,000. The major plantations are under the forest department. All over the state, plantations is spread over 1.25 lakh hectares. The state average yield as per the Directorate of Cashew nut and Cocoa Development Corporation is just 660KG per hectare. The national average is 780 kgs per hectare. Well managed plantations can give up to one -two tonnes per hectare. There are several varieties. Forty two varieties have been recommended by the national committee in addition to a few varieties have been released through agricultural universities in respective states. In the coastal district- the popular varieties are Bhaskara, Ullala 3, Ullal 1, Ullal 4, Vengurla 4, Vengurla 7 Priyanka and so on.

Ghana: Cashew Nut Farmers In Nkoranza District Cry For Help

12 Feb. 2016

Cashew nut farmers in the Nkoranza District in the Brong Ahafo Region are pleading with government to come to their aid.

The farmers, mostly from Kranka, Dorma-Kradaso and Brofoyeduru are totally deserted from all assistances other farmers benefit from government.

This came to the limelight when a survey was conducted by Good Governance Africa-West Africa (GGA-West Africa) within some selected farming communities in the region.

Expressing their grievances - the farmers called for a special board to regulate activities with respect to sales, market, farm inputs among others regarding cashew nut production as done for cocoa and other foreign exchange products.

They also nit-picked of the increasing high cost of labor, fertilizer, pesticides and other farm inputs.
According to GGA-West Africa - the central government’s grant on fertilizers does not benefit these farmers.

However, despite being the largest producers of cashew nuts in Ghana for exportation, the aged farmers noted that sooner or later, their farm products will die out if an alternative source of water is not produced for them for irrigation.

“We are pleading to the Central government and other individuals to construct dams to serve as a reserve and augment the seasonal rainfall pattern.” - This they said will aide them in cultivating other crops as supplements for the cashew nuts.

GGA-West Africa is however advocating for a more efficient and effective Agric sector which has the interest of all farmers at heart and does well to eliminate the stereotype of farmers being the poorest individuals in Ghana.


Guinea Bissau’s political crisis threatening cashew nuts sector

18 Feb. 2016

The ongoing political crisis in Guinea Bissau risks compromising this year's cashew nuts commercialization season, head of National Farmers' Association Jaime Gomes said Wednesday.

The reason for this risk is “shortage of funds” because, he said, “potential buyers of cashew nuts are afraid of buying due to existing political uncertainty in Guinea Bissau.

Cashew nuts are Guinea Bissau’s main export product and constitutes an economic pillar for most rural families. In 2015, Guinea Bissau exported over 180,000 tons of cashew nuts. Gomes condemned some businessmen who were currently buying cashew nuts from farmers at lower prices.
Chinese and Indian businessmen are the main buyers of cashew nuts in the country, however, according to Mama Saliu Lamba who heads the new Chamber of Commerce, they are not coming to the country due to prevailing insecurity.

“The local businessmen do not have sufficient funds to buy the cashew nuts, still because of the ongoing political crisis,” he affirmed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

India: KSCDC graft case: court seeks VACB probe report

20 Feb. 2016

An anti-corruption court here has issued notice to the Director, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB), in connection with the agency’s preliminary inquiry into allegations of graft pertaining to the purchase of raw cashew by the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation (KSCDC) in 2015.

John. K. Illikadan, Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, has set a deadline of March 5 for the agency to submit the progress report in the contentious matter.

Public interest litigant Manoj

Kadakampally had brought the matter to the court’s notice this week. He had deposed that he had moved the VACB in 2015 stating that there was corruption in the purchase of raw cashew worth Rs.30 crore by the corporation last year. He pegged the corruption at Rs.5 crore. Mr. Manoj’s contention was that only one private cashew supplier had participated in the tender. In such an event, the KSCDC was bound by its rules of business to float a new tender. Instead, it awarded the procurement of raw cashew to the sole applicant. The firm was given the contract to supply 2,000 tonnes of raw cashew for Rs.23.40 crore.

Alleged conspiracy

Mr. Manoj alleged the raw material was mouldy, damp and of inferior quality. Surprisingly, it was supplied to the KSCDC barely a day after the tender was finalised. This indicated a conspiracy and premeditation.

The raw cashew did not yield the expected amount of kernel, causing huge losses to the corporation. The supplier could dump inferior material on the public sector firm and make huge profits at the expense of the public exchequer, the complainant alleged.

On the basis of the complaint, the VACB conducted a quick verification enquiry and filed its report in December, 2015.

He deposed that the Vigilance had found that there was evidence enough to register an FIR against the KSCDC management. However, the VACB wilted under political pressure and sat on the report.
Complainant says VACB, under political pressure, sitting on the report.

Source: the Hindu Business Line