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 Hai, 27 tháng 2, 2017

India: Good season for cashews in India, bad for mangoes


25 Feb. 2017



While cashews may be seeing a good season, climatic changes have been blamed for the bad season of the mango crop leading to erratic flowering owing to which fruits are not likely to bear abundantly. 

"The mango crop is unlikely to meet the expectations," said director of agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.

The initial harvest has already hit the market with prices going as high as RS 200-500 per mango in some cases. However, less quantity is also an added factor for the exorbitant rates.

"Some mango crops are flowering only now which means farmers will be able to harvest in the last week of May. By that time the mango loses its value and won't fetch maximum rates. The overall crop, therefore, is not satisfactory," said spokesperson of All Goa Farmer's Sangh, Rohan Joshi.

The cashew output this season on the other hand has turned out to be favourable, owing to less exposure to fog and dew through the winter.

"The raw nut rates for this season are 160 per kg, which is better compared to last year where the prices went down to RS 110," said a local farmer. 

Source: Fresh Plaza

India: Spirited start to cashew season

27 Feb. 2017



Ahead of the cashew season a checkout of the mood of cashew farmers in Canacona taluka. Farmers are looking forward to a good cashew season due to prospects of good crop and remunerative prices, says Albert Fernandes

For farm laborers in Canacona taluka, the cashew season which has just begun, is a special time to get work and earn a decent livelihood.

In the interiors regions of Canacona, especially Cotigao and pockets of Shristal, Agonda and Khola, nearly every farmhand is fully caught up in cashew work ahead of harvesting.

While some of them have their own plots many others take plots on rent so that the whole family is engaged in the plantation work until May.

The flowering of cashew crop begins in some places in December. And just before flowering commences those who take the crop on rent have to clean the plantation area. Once this is done, they have to constantly guard and protect the cashew trees from wild animals particularly monkeys who destroy the crop in no time. Usually one or two persons are always on a guard in any plantation for safe keeping of the crop.

So far the outlook on the crop during the current season is good. Climate conditions during the flowering stage have been encouraging and the cloudy atmosphere which is bad for the crop is eluded up to now. Farmers hope that the present favorable climate continues till the tender fruit is out.

According to Shivram Gaonkar, zonal agriculture officer, farmers are upbeat over the progress in flowering and because they have not noticed any major damage due to pest attack.

“Another reason why they are upbeat is the rate of cashew nut which is Rs 160 per kg this season as compared to Rs 90 to Rs 100 during the previous season,” said Goankar.

Most of the cashew plantation situated in the talukas of Quepem, Sanguem and Canacona are organic plantations by default whereby the use of chemical fertilisers is prohibited.

Farmers are advised to spray neem-based pesticides as and when the crop is affected by pests.

They are also informed to be alert to changes in weather conditions. In the event of weather turning cloudy they need to immediately go for neem pesticide spray so that the crop yield is not affected.

In case they see fruit drop due to burns, then they are advised to spray chloropyriphos diluted in water.

Gaonkar, also said that in order to get a good yield, soon after harvesting the plantation must be devoid of all leftovers of the previous season which if left behind results in stem-borers to the base. In case they detect stem-borers, farmers have to paint the base of cashew tree from the ground up to one to one-and-half metre with Selvin pesticide. By this preventive cultivators can expect at least 25 per cent more yield, he said.

It is equally important that irrigation facilities are provided with chemical fertilisers for better growth of the tree to give extra yield.

As far as area under cultivation is concerned, the agriculture department does not expect any significant increase. It is estimated that the forest department has about 300-400 hectares under cashew plantation in Gaondogrem and Cotigao areas while private cashew farmers have another 200-300 hectares.

The government gives subsidy to cultivators and a cashew farmer with minimum plantation size of 2,000 sq mts can avail of Rs 20,000 subsidy while the maximum area under the crop can be 40,000 sq mts, in which case the farmer gets subsidy up to Rs 80,000 subsidy.  On one hectare area about 200 grafts can be grown while a four hectare plantation area can accommodate about 800 grafts.  Prashat Amolkar from Khalwadem who has about one hectare area under cashew grafts expects very good yield this year.

“So far the flowering stage has been successful and the climate is suitable for a good crop,” said Ganesh Velip, Gulem, who has two-three hectare area under cashew and who has old as well as new grafts is similarly optimistic. He says that, the current season is expected to be very good and the yield will be higher.

Daya Tolu Gaonkar of Yedda in Cotigao has hybrid variety cashew grafts on an area of about one to 1.5 hectare. He uses organic fertilisers and maintains a neat and clean plantation. He says “Farmers shouldn’t just focus on getting better yield. They must also look towards the maintenance side.”

Santosh Desai who has an area of three hectare at Tudal in Gaondogrem is cheerful. He said, “I have mostly old trees, which are maintained well so they give good yield.”

According to history, the Portuguese introduced cashew into India and in Goa in 1570 AD. The trees adapted very well to local conditions and proliferated. In India, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra (west coast), Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal are the major cashew growing states.

Maharashtra leads in area, production and productivity. In Goa the crop is cultivated in about 55,000 hectares with an annual raw nut production estimated at 25,000 ton in 2014-15.

There are about 1,800 cashew nut processing units in India with processing capacity of about 12 lakh MT annually.

Indigenous production, however, is far inadequate to meet the raw nut requirement of the processing industries. Therefore, India is depending on large scale imports of raw nuts, mostly from African countries, for utilising the processing industry to its full capacity.

Consequent upon its recognition as a foreign exchange earning crop, cashew sought the attention of researchers in India in 1950’s. Then onwards cashew became an important commercial plantation crop in the coastal state of peninsular India in general and Goa in particular.

Though cashew was introduced into Goa way back in 16th century until recently it was grown as waste land crop. Research for increasing productivity, in fact was initiated about three decades ago in 1976. At that time, the cashew plantations in Goa occupied an area of 32,580 hectares with production estimated at about 7,500 tonnes.

Cultivators were ignorant of improved production practices and simply practiced the habit of gathering the apple for ‘feni’ and selling the nut for money without knowing the real economic potential of it.

Currently the ICAR Research Complex, Old Goa, conducts various research programmes after which there is some awareness of increasing productivity. However rapid urbanisation is threat to cashew plantations and area under acreage is decreasing.

An important cash crop cashew is remunerative to the farmer. ‘Feni’, made from the cashew fruit is an important part of cashew cultivation. After GI registration ‘feni’ is classified as a heritage drink of Goa and efforts are on to market it in outside states and also export.

The outlook for cashew crop in the forthcoming season is exciting because in 2015-16, cashew yield dropped significantly due to unsuitable climate. “It is not the case this year as the yield is expected to be very good,” says Gaonkar.

Goa’s cashew farming talukas are Sattari, Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona, Ponda, Bicholim and Pernem. In these talukas cashew is grown along the sloppy mountains.

Source: http://www.navhindtimes.in/spirited-start-to-cashew-season/

IVC: National days of the cashew exporter of Côte d'Ivoire: the professionalisation of the sector is underway

February 25, 2017



They met from Friday 24 to Saturday 25 February 2017 at the Hotel Radison Blu in the town of Port-Bouet. They are the cashew exporters of Côte d'Ivoire in collaboration with all actors (producers, industrialists ...) in the cashew nut industry from Vietnam, India, Ghana, Niger, etc. Through these national days of cashew exporters from Côte d'Ivoire (Jnec-ci), the first of its kind, with the theme "emergence of the cashew sector in Côte d'Ivoire and challenges related to external marketing" The Association of Cashew Exporters of Côte d'Ivoire (Aec-ci) was to create a platform for exchanges between actors at national and international level, with a view to meeting the challenges of the sector and improving The quality of the cashew. At the opening of the event, on Friday 24 February, Diaby Aboubacar, general commissioner of this symposium, also president of the Aec-ci, recalled the good performance of the Ivoirian cashew (world leader with more Of 680,000 T in 2016).

This performance has led to a substantial increase in the turnover of the sector from 165 billion CFA francs in 2013 to 441 billion CFA francs in 2016. "All these figures are the result of the reforms implemented since 2013," said DiabyAboubacar Which did not fail to question the government about the risks linked to the fraudulent exit of the cashew of the Ivorian territory by land. This situation could, in his opinion, negatively impact the Ivorian economy and industry. He also said that at the end of the symposium, a school would be built in a cashew production area. As for CoulibalyAdama, Dg of the cashew cotton industry, representing Mamadou Sangafowa, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, he believes that, through this symposium, cashew exporters give legibility to the sector and Côte d 'Ivory. That is why, drawing on the results of the reform of the sector, he said that "the Ivorian cashew is going well." All the more so because "the sector is in a process of professionalization". Representing Prime Minister Amadou GonSouleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Crafts and SME Development, stressed the importance of transformation. For him, the actors must be empowered so that the cashew knows an added value with the increase of the transformation rate which should rise from about 10% currently to 100% in 2020. It is necessary that the exporters of " Today are transformers of tomorrow.

Sourcenews.abidjan.net

IVC: Traffic in cashew nuts from Côte d'Ivoire to other countries has not increased, according to producers

February 25, 2017



The president of the Côte d'Ivoire cotton and cashew nut council, Adama Coulibaly, said Friday in Abidjan that the Ivorian cashew nut trade, which is the world's largest exporter with more than 602,000 tons, Not increased as the media say, at a salon. "The phenomenon, which is not new, has not been amplified, as the media report at this time," said Mr. Coulibaly, for whom "it is necessary to relativize".

On 17 February, Abdoulaye Sanogo, the secretary of the National Federation of Buyers of cashew nuts and cashew cooperatives from Côte d'Ivoire (FENACACI), denounced the release of "a large quantity" of nuts before the official opening of countryside. "All the authorities are working to secure the borders so that Côte d'Ivoire does not know more leakage of products compared to the quantity already released," reassured Adama Coulibaly, during the first edition of the days National exporters of cashews.

The president of the Côte d'Ivoire exporters' association, Diaby Aboubacar, however, drew the government's attention to the risks of fraudulent "exits" of cashew nuts at land borders. For him, if measures are not taken, this could affect "qualitatively and quantitatively" the performance of the sector.

The 2017 season opened in mid-February with an indicative price of CFAF 440 / kg compared to CFAF 350 / kg in 2016, an increase of 90 FCFA. These days, with the theme: "emergence of the cashew sector in Côte d'Ivoire and challenges related to external marketing" should end on Saturday.

Source:news.abidjan.net

IVC: Cashew nuts: Exporters welcome government reform


February 26, 2017



The Association of Cashew Exporters of Côte d'Ivoire (Aec-Ci) wants to give more visibility to its activities. That is why it decided to organize the first National Cashew Exporters' Day in Côte d'Ivoire (Jnec-Ci) on Friday 24 February, in a large hotel in Abidjan Port-Bouët. This, around the theme: "Emergence of cashew in Côte d'Ivoire and challenges related to external marketing".

The president of this association, which counts 130 members, Diaby Aboubacar, congratulated the government for its involvement in the restructuring of the cashew industry. This is illustrated by the reform, which today presents "convincing results". In other words, thanks to the reform, the export of raw nuts has clearly improved, export contracts are registered and monitored, and so on.

From 350 000 tonnes in 2009, the production of nuts rose to 702 510 tonnes in 2015, representing an average annual growth rate of 13%. And in this year 2015, Côte d'Ivoire exported 661,000 tons of raw cashewOf which 49.9% to India, 47.74% to Vietnam and 3.96% of exports to Brazil.

For the general director of the Cotton-cashew Council, Dr. Coulibaly Adama, these days are welcome because they will give visibility to the sector, Aec-Ci and Côte d'Ivoire. Representing also the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (sponsor of the ceremony), he invited the representative of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly to convey this message to the President of the Republic and to the head of government: Cashew is doing well ". So much so that his contribution to the national economy, he reveals, is more than 450 billion FCFA of income. Dr. Coulibaly Adama thanked President Alassane Ouattara and Minister Mamadou Sangafowa   Coulibaly for the attention they give to the actors of the sector and the nut.

Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs, representing the Prime Minister (boss of the event), congratulated the Aec-Ci and its President Diaby Aboubacar for the work carried out Last year, resulting in a production of more than 649,000 tons in 2016. And that makes Côte d'Ivoire the hub of nut marketing in the world. "We were part of a group of bankers who believed in the world of cashews," the minister said. Who said to join this symposium which is in line with the objectives of the National Development Program (Pnd 2016-2020) of the Ivorian economy.

Source: http://fratmat.info/index.php/nos-unes/item/37091-noix-de-cajou-les-exportateurs-saluent-la-reforme-du-gouvernement&usg=ALkJrhiuMNL4KarQuSbOm8ZzMz2MTCdl7g

Chủ Nhật, 26 tháng 2, 2017

Cambodia: Cashew prices have risen by 30% in Cambodia

Thu Feb 23 2017



In Cambodia the price of fresh cashews has jumped by about 30 percent over the price last year after the industry experienced shortages and the fact that the harvest will not get into full swing until early next month.

A lack of investment in technology to process the cashews has also been partly blamed for the price hike.

Oum Uon, the president of a cashew nut association in Kampong Thom province, said fresh cashew prices had risen to about 8,500 riel (about $2.12) per kilo, compared with 6,500 riel ($1.60) per kilo last year.

Mr. Uon also said the yield for cashews this year would be less than the previous year because of unfavorable weather. This pushed up prices.

On Monday, representatives from the South Korean firm, Hwashin Construction, met Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon to discuss potential investments of about $200 million on cashew nut exports and the development of irrigation systems in Cambodia.

Source: khmertimeskh.com

Vietnam: Cashew export predicted to earn $3 billion

Wed Feb 22 2017



According to VINACAS, Vietnam’s current cashew tree area is about 300,000 hectares, mainly in the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Ba Ria Vung Tau.

However, 2017 cashew output is forecast to be about 300,000 tons, 150,000 tons less than in 2016 and 250,000 tons lower than initial estimates.

The ENSO phenomenon (a combination of El Nino and La Nina) and a shorter dry season were cited as the main reasons for the drop in cashew output.

In order to achieve the export goal, enterprises plan to import some 200,000 tons of raw cashew for processing.

VINACAS advised the sector, especially cashew trading firms, to instruct farmers on intensive cashew farming to enhance output and quality while linking up with State, scientists, business partners and farmers to develop stable material growing zones.

The General Statistics Office reported that total cashew exports hit 18,000 tons in January 2017, bringing home 164,000 USD, down 27.8 percent in volume and 12.6 percent in value year-on-year.

Vietnam exported 347,000 tons of cashew last year, earning 2.84 billion USD, up 5.6 percent in volume and 18.4 percent in value annually.

The US is the largest importer of Vietnamese processed cashew, accounting for 35 percent of the total. Europe makes up 25 percent, followed by China with 18 percent.

Source: http://english.vietnamnet.vn

Mozambique: Cabo Delgado surpasses cashew nut production targets


February 22, 2017

Cabo Delgado has surpassed its commercial cashew nut targets, selling more than 21,000 tons against the 16,000 established for the 2016-2017 season. Better coordination between stakeholders in the process and the average price obtaining contributed to the achievement. Mozambique hopes to recover its former position as one of the largest producers of cashew nuts in the world.


Source:http://clubofmozambique.com

IVC: FENACACI denounces the "fraudulent exit" of the cashew nut by the land borders of Ivory Coast


February 20, 2017



A large quantity of cashew nuts exited by Ivorian land borders before the official opening of the 2017 marketing campaign, denounced Friday in Bouaké (North-Central), the Secretary of the National Federation of Cashew Purchasers And cashew cooperatives from Côte d'Ivoire (FENACACI), Abdoulaye Sanogo.

"We have noticed that long before the announcement of the prices there is a large amount of cashew nuts that has left the land borders," said Mr. Sanogo, explaining that "this weakens our sector because by these The State is unable to collect its DUS and this leads us to unfair competition ".

In addition, Abdoulaye Sanogo notes, "We certainly agree with the government that allowed exporters to move to Bouaké in the central stores but we note that they come to take warehouses in the market of large''. '' What we also consider unfair competition, '' he concluded.

Côte d'Ivoire is counting on this year's 2017 campaign, last Thursday, to produce around 715 000 tonnes of cashew nuts. The field price of the kilogram of the cashew nut for this campaign was fixed at 440 FCFA by the Ivorian government.

In 2016, the country registered 649,587 tonnes of cashew nuts and processed locally 40,383 tonnes, or 6%. Côte d'Ivoire is the world's largest producer of cashew nuts with about 25% of production and the world's largest exporter with 40% of the world's supply.

Sourcefr.africatime.com

Crop Report for March-April-May 2017 (2)

 February 25th, 2017



First Crop looks wonderful in the most important South Western region of India but the daily arrivals will pick up only from the second half of March.Trees are filled with flowers and tender nuts. However, the progress needs the summer season.
Even then, Indian processors need more than 8 lakh tons through imports. Once their procurement reaches the safety level, they will certainly bring down the raw cashew prices. 
 If the Vietnamese harvest fails, it is not because of the climatic conditions. Most probably soil needs extra support or trees need extra sunshine, space and strength. Even if they succeed in increasing their yield, they need at least 1 million ton (According to some incorrect press reports, Just 2 lakh tons) imports to fulfill their export target. 
We think that the global exportable surplus will easily fulfill the raw cashew requirements of India, Vietnam and Brazil.

Actual glut period in the raw cashew may start from the last week of April.
Source: http://worldcashew.com/world-cashew-com-crop-report-for-march-april-may-2017-2/

Crop Report for March-April-May 2017 (1)

 February 20th, 2017 



Weather conditions are highly favorable for the cashew crop in India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Guinea-Bissau.
Moisture content in the soil is said to better compared to last year.
Except Vietnam, all the above countries are highly optimistic about this year’s crop size. However, the progress of harvest will be very slow till the second half of March.
We think that the crop-size of both India and Vietnam will be much better compared to last year’s negative growth.
Ivory Coast expects above 7 lakh tons and Guinea-Bissau expects more than 2 lakh tons.
Situation of the Indian state of Maharashtra should be a lesson for the Vietnamese cashew sector. After few years of bumper crop, cashew harvest is facing disaster after disaster in this state.

Vietnamese industries as well as farmers are more research oriented. We hope, they will tackle the situation.
Source: http://worldcashew.com/world-cashew-com-crop-report-for-march-april-may-2017-1/

India: What Happens when the Massive Harvest Period Begins

February 11th, 2017



Cashew kernel has entered the bearish phase but still the price of W320 is around Rs.8600/inclusive of VAT/11.340 kilo/Goa-Mangalore.
Fall in the market is not due to inventory oversupply. Current raw nut glut is only due to unworkable price factor. When the price of finished product decreases even after heavy losses to the industry, sluggish demand is the result in the raw material market.

Then what happens when the massive harvest begins in India, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Bissau, Benin and Nigeria?
Source: World Cashew Blog

Thứ Hai, 20 tháng 2, 2017

Kerala (India): Protect traditional industries: Kanam

18 Feb. 2017


Says coir, cashew sectors are in crisis

Communist Party of India (CPI) State unit secretary Kanam Rajendran has urged the government to initiate measures to protect traditional industries. A majority of such industries were steeped in crisis. He was inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) leader C.K. Kesavan here on Friday. Most of the coir societies were in debt. The cashew nut factory workers’ strike was prolonging while factory owners were defying government directions. The toddy segment required restructuring.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had derived strength from workers in the traditional sector and the government was bound to protect them, he said.
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/protect-traditional-industries-kanam/article17323564.ece

Guinea-Bissau expected to boost cashew exports

Guinea-Bissau expects to export more than 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts this year, according to a new estimate by officials from the country’s National Cashew Nut Agency (ANCA).

Last year’s harvest was better than in 2015 when exports were 192,000 tonnes. This year, the expectation is for the sector to exceed 200,000 tonnes, ANCA president Henrique Mendes confirmed to the national news agency ANG.
"For this reason, we have ...
Read more: https://www.agra-net.com/agra/foodnews/dfn/nuts/cashews/guinea-bissau-expected-to-boost-cashew-exports-542550.htm

India: Vizag district’s mango orchards in full bloom

 | Feb 19, 2017, 11.38 AM IST


VISAKHAPATNAM: The orchard owners and lease holders of the district are in a good mood, especially after the demoralising effect of demonetisation. This is because their mango and cashew orchards are in full bloom. Farmers claim that this is the best flowering season in the last four years and are praying that it is not ruined by untimely summer storms.

Authorities in the horticulture department claim it is too early to predict but they too are hoping for a bumper crop. "It is true that the orchards are in full bloom, especially mango with cashew showing early promise. However, it is too early to jump up in joy. We have to be careful about pests as most farmers and lease holders tend to over use fungicides and pesticides. Any major storm or gale could spell disaster as well," said K Satyamurthy a scientist with the Agro Research Centre in Anakapalli.



More than 2 lakh acres of land across the district comprises mango orchards as a mixed plantation crop. P Palai Raju, a mango trader from Tuni market in East Godavari, said, "I have taken 500 acres of mango-cashew topes on lease in Visakhapatnam district alone, chiefly around Narsipatnam. I am hoping that all will be well. However, the uncertainty factor will always be there."



Farmers too are upbeat about the anticipated bumper crop. "The last five years have been pretty dull for us with farmers getting not more than Rs 8,000 to 10,000 per acre of mango crop in a year. Hopefully, with a bumper crop we can expect the traders and lease holders paying us better in the coming years," said a farmer.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/vizag-districts-mango-orchards-in-full-bloom/articleshow/57226130.cms

Chủ Nhật, 19 tháng 2, 2017

IVC: The 2017 Anacarde campaign opens on Thursday with a purchase price per barrel set at 440 F / kg (Government)

Published on Thursday 16 February 2017 | AIP 

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Press briefing by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday 15 February 2017 


The 2017 marketing campaign for cashew nuts opens Thursday with an indicative price of 440 FCFA / kg, 90 FCFA more than the purchase price on the field that was 350 FCFA / kg in 2016. 
The government gave the information to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. Thus, the "compulsory floor" to be paid to the producers for the kilogram of cashew nuts, well dried and well sorted, containing no foreign matter, is set at 440 francs. 
The mandatory floor price inside store was set at 540 FCFA / kg when for port stores, this purchase price is 590 F / kg. 
According to government spokesman Bruno Nabagné Koné, Côte d'Ivoire produced a total of 649 587 tonnes of raw nuts in 2016 and processed 40 383 tonnes locally. The country aims to transform 100% of its production by 2020, against less than 10% currently. 
In addition, 325 billion CFA francs were paid in 2016 to producers against 288 billion CFA francs in 2015. 



Source: http://news.abidjan.net/h/609769.html

Thứ Sáu, 17 tháng 2, 2017

USA: Registrar Corp: FDA removes ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from database

By Joe Whitworth+ 
Picture: Michael J Ermarth/Flickr


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed ‘thousands’ of facility registrations from its database, according to Registrar Corp.
Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) facilities are required to renew FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of each even-numbered year.
Any registrations not renewed by the deadline are considered to be expired and are removed from the database.
Time to renew
David Lennarz, VP at Registrar Corp, said that based on client statistics and previous FDA information it was confident that thousands were removed.
A more precise number based on actual FDA statistics will be available in the coming months.
A total of 14% of food facilities registered with FDA were removed from the database after the 2014 renewal period. 
There were 195,518 facilities registered as of January 22, 2014 and as of January 12, 2015, the number had dropped to 166,753.
“FDA food facility registration renewal is a fairly new requirement,” he told FoodQualityNews.
“It was established under the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011 and the first renewal period took place in 2012. Before then, food facilities only had to complete an initial registration. So, some facilities are still unaware of the requirement. 
“Some facilities may have gone out of business or stopped exporting to the US, so they just had no need to renew. Others may believe they renewed but the renewal may not have been finalized by FDA due to new verification requirements.”
There is no difference in renewal requirements based on facility size or the type of food they handle, added Lennarz.
Additional verification demands
Lennarz predicted the drop in registrations may be even greater this year due to verification requirements implemented during the 2016 renewal period. 
Food facilities outside the US are required to designate a US Agent for FDA Communications in their registration renewal. 
Prior to this new step, a US Agent could be designated in a foreign facility's renewal without the US Agent's affirmative written agreement.
Many previously designated as US Agents would have preferred to decline because a foreign facility's US Agent is liable for financial obligations, including payment of any FDA re-inspection fees related to the facility.
“The 2016 renewal period marked the first time that US Agents designated in non-US facility registrations had to affirmatively agree to their designation,” said Lennarz.
“If a non-US facility submitted a registration renewal, but its listed US Agent did not agree, the renewal would not have been successful.”
The re-inspection fee rate for foreign facilities for fiscal year 2017 is $285 per hour. 
FDA may bill for every aspect of a re-inspection, including time spent preparing and traveling, so the fees can add up to thousands of dollars. 
The agency also contacts US Agents regarding shipments, inspection scheduling, and other regulatory matters. 
Registrar Corp was founded in 2003 to help FDA-regulated facilities comply with the agency’s regulations. It serves as a professional US Agent for more than 11,000 foreign food facilities.  
The firm assists with areas from registration, labeling, detentions to inspection preparation.
It issues Certificates of Registration which allow facilities to verify valid registration status to buyers and suppliers as well as keep track of their registration number and facility information on record with FDA.
Facilities with expired registrations will need to re-register with FDA and obtain a new registration number before they manufacture, process, pack, or store food, beverages, or dietary supplements to be consumed in the US.
Importers and Customs Brokers cannot file entries for shipments without a valid registration number and facilities will not be able to submit the required prior notice for exporting food to the US.
Lennarz said the time it takes to re-register depends on how knowledgeable the registrant is on the facility's functions. 
“The registrant will need information on whether the facility is a subsidiary of a parent corporation, the types of activities performed at the facility, the types of food products handled at the facility, important emergency contact information, and more.”
The ten countries with the most FDA registered facilities remained the same from 2015 to 2016.
The US was first, followed by Japan, France, Italy, China, Mexico and then Canada. 
Registrar Corp has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to FDA for the 2017 data and will publish it upon receipt.

Source: http://mobile.foodqualitynews.com/Regulation-and-safety/Registrar-Corp-predicts-drop-in-FDA-facility-registrations?platform=hootsuite

Thứ Năm, 16 tháng 2, 2017

India: Fire destroys cashew, mango, coconut plantation in Sindudurg

PTI | Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 17:09



Mumbai: Cashew, mango and coconut plantation over 500 acres was gutted after dry hay caught fire at a village in Sindhudurg district, disaster management officials said on Thursday.

Dry hay at an agricultural field in Banda tehsil's Dingane village caught fire last evening and it soon spread to adjoining fields, gutting cashew, mango and coconut plantation under 500 acres, a personnel at district disaster management cell said.
Coastal district Sindhudurg is state's one of the largest mango and cashew producing regions.
Over 90 goats at a farm were also killed in the blaze, while some houses were also affected, the personnel added.
"Horticultural plantation in Konkan region has been getting destroyed due to natural fires for the past some years, but fire gutting down 500 acres plantation is rare," Sindhudurg district collector Uday Chowdhary told PTI.
The damage assessment is on and it will be finalised soon, district revenue officials said.
Source: http://zeenews.india.com/maharashtra/fire-destroys-cashew-mango-coconut-plantation-in-sindudurg_1977957.html

India: Cashew nut import: Vigilance gives clean chit to Mercykutty Amma - News-Mathrubhumi

16 Fe. 2017

Mercykutty Amma

Thiruvananthapuram: The Vigilance department on Thursday gave a clean chit to Minister Mercykutty Amma over the allegation of corruption in the import of cashew nuts.

The Vigilance which conducted a quick verification found that the minister had intervened in the issue for the benefit of workers.

The report has been submitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance court.

The allegation is that corruption to the tune of Rs 10.34 crore occurred in the import of cashew nuts. 

The complaint says that cashew nuts were procured in December through the tender that was already cancelled by the Director Board in November. Though 500 metric tonnes were quoted in the tender, 1000 metric tonnes of cashew nuts were procured.

The complaint also pointed out that the information provided in the e-tender website were false.

Source: http://english.mathrubhumi.com/mobile/news/cashew-nut-import-vigilance-gives-clean-chit-to-mercykutty-amma-mathrubhumi-1.1735741