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Thứ Tư, 31 tháng 5, 2017

Craving a mid-meal snack? Here's why munching on raisins & cashews may be the best thing for your body

31 May 2017



NEW DELHI: Treat yourself to dry fruits like apricots, walnuts and pistachios to be healthy. 

Purba Kalita, co-founder, SaleBhai.com, an online marketplace for regional sweets and handicrafts, and Priyatama Srivastava, dietician at UrbanClap, a mobile services marketplace, suggest a list of dry fruits you can consume: 

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India: Mitra seeks GST rate changes for some items

31 May 2017



KOLKATA: Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra on Tuesday flagged the state's dissent on tax rates proposed on certain items in the new GST regime.

While Parliament had passed all the four GST-related bills during the Budget session, a constitutional mandate requires states to ratify the state-GST legislation for its launch. Twenty-three states have so far passed the SGST Bill, other states have time till the first week of June to ratify it. "GST rules would be finalised in mid-June. How can GST be implemented from July?" Mitra said.

Seeking amendments to the proposed tax rates on a range of items - cashew, leather, books, human hair, bindi and few other materials and products - Mitra said, "The Centre has proposed a 12% tax on footwear and cashew. We want cashew to be kept out of the tax net and no tax on footwear with price up to Rs 500." The GST Council will decide on rates for footwear, textiles and bullion, among a handful of sectors where a decision is pending.

Bengal is seen as the sole dissenter on GST issues. Mitra also sought a revision of the 28% tax rate on the entertainment industry, including on multiplexes and single-screen theatres. "This is a big blow to states which have an entertainment industry. Single-screen theatres in smaller towns will not survive after paying such huge tax when the state government has kept the tax rate at 2%. We are also opposed to the proposed 28% tax rate on books and textbooks," the Bengal finance minister said.



Mitra added that certain products like raw vegetables and milk have been kept out of the GST net only because of Bengal's insistence.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/mitra-seeks-gst-rate-changes-for-some-items/articleshow/58920316.cms

Ivory Coast / cashew nut: the Séguéla monitoring committee draws up the mid-term review of its activities

31 May 2017



Séguéla, May 31 (PIA) - The die monitoring committee cashew in the department of Séguéla (Northwest, Worodougou region) made Wednesday at the prefecture, the results of its activities during the campaign in 2017 which draws to a close.
For the general secretary of that committee, also regional delegate of the Board of cotton and cashew (CCA), Koné Issouf, the 2017 campaign was successful overall, listing nine measures that helped achieve this goal.
Among these actions, the support to the activities of the Association of Chartered buyers, processors and exporters of cashew nuts Worodougou (2ATEW), so that the voice of the region heard at local and national level, a meeting with the producers of the Worofla sub-prefecture to better soak up their difficulties, the establishment of a secure escort by the republican forces to the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro which helped end the multiple robberies occurred during the previous year, the application of the ban to load the edge of the field and the prohibition of plastic bags that ostensibly improved the quality of local production to the point that none of the trucks arrived at 1300 ports were repressed.
For the 2017 campaign is over, the producers of Séguéla have sold more than 30 million kg of cashew for a market value of over 15 billion CFA francs. The floor price of 440 francs rose with offers ranging from 500 francs to 750 francs, and sometimes reaching 900 francs in certain production areas.
Committees Eve, created by ministerial decree in March 2014 and chaired by the prefects, are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules on the marketing of cashew, do you note.
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Thứ Ba, 30 tháng 5, 2017

USA: A Dairy Operation Reborn: From Cows to Cashews (and Other Nuts)

30 May 2017

Henry Schwartz, the owner of Elmhurst Dairy, went from cows to cashews...and almonds, and hazelnuts, and walnuts.

For more than 90 years, Elmhurst Dairy, based in Queens, was a New York mainstay. But when the business began to struggle due to the same factors that have buffeted the industry in general—decreased consumer demand being one biggie—82-year-old owner Henry Schwartz made the hard decision to close the plant’s doors last October.

But that wasn’t the end of Elmhurst Dairy. The company relaunched this year, but don’t bother looking for cow’s milk in any of their products—Elmhurst Dairy has shifted into the nut milk business with the launch of Elmhurst Milked, which includes almond, cashew, hazelnut, and walnut milks (and whose tagline is “All of the nuts, none of the nonsense”).

While some struggling dairies have either shuttered or gone organic in hopes of cashing in on the growing natural products sector, Schwartz began looking into the burgeoning nut milk industry and decided that was the right direction for his company. Milk consumption has plummeted in the U.S. since the 1970s. Per capita, the amount of milk Americans drink a day has dropped by nearly half, from approximately 1 cup to 0.6 cups, according to the USDA. Meanwhile, sales of non-dairy milk alternatives, especially almond milk, have been on the rise. According to a 2016 Nielsen report, almond milk sales in the U.S. saw a 250 percent growth over a five-year period starting in 2011. Non-dairy milk products had nearly $2 billion in sales in 2015, Forbes reports.

“I believe the future of plant-based milks is very bright and the industry will continue to see fantastic growth, and I believe consumers are turning towards plant-based products for a variety of health, environmental and ethical reasons,” Schwartz told Modern Farmer. “I also hope that an increasing number of consumers will begin to turn to plant-based milks like Elmhurst Milked simply because they taste great and because they are just as versatile.”


The company sources its almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts from farmers in California and Oregon, and its cashews from Brazil. Elmhurst is manufacturing their nut milks in a converted yogurt facility in Elma, NY, near Buffalo. The company’s offices remain in Queens. Schwartz says the biggest investments were in the equipment required to produce the nut milks and in their team of food scientists and quality assurance professionals.
Their nut milks are currently available at Publix supermarkets in the Southeast and at Gelson’s and Bristol Farms on the West Coast. The company plans to roll out their products across the country in the coming months and also sell them online.
Schwartz isn’t just trying to cash in on a trend, but has himself gone from drinking milk to non-dairy alternatives and believes that his plant-based milks are as nutritious and flavorful as the highest quality dairy milk. “While I will always be a dairyman at heart, I have been drinking plant-based milks for several years,” he says.
The new line of nut milks from the company that had been in the dairy business for nearly 100 years.
Source: http://modernfarmer.com/2017/05/dairy-operation-reborn-cows-cashews-nuts/

India: After tech park, it’s food park in Vizianagaram

30 May 2017



VISAKHAPATNAM: While the concept of plug and play has become synonymous with tech parks in the country, the idea is now being utilised in developing an integrated food park in Vizianagaram district to process different varieties of crops.



AP Food Processing Society sources said the first-of-its-kind integrated food park is being developed at Varakattu Village in Cheepurapalli mandal of Vizianagaram district on an area of around 37 acres at a cost of Rs 50 crore. Known as the North Coastal Integrated Food Park, it is expected to provide infrastructure facilities such as dry and finished good warehouses, cold storage, sorting areas, grading, packing lines, common equipment for food processing units, factory sheds for micro small entrepreneur units, workers hostel, changing rooms and marketing support rooms. In addition to this, the facility is also expected to have a training centre, testing laboratory, restaurant, sewage and effluent treatment plants and rain harvest pond.




The food park is expected to include units which would cater to processing of cashew, strawberries, pine apple, jackfruit and tamarind among others.



Speaking to TOI, APFPS CEO YS Prasad said, "The integrated food park will have around 10 units out of which construction work for the anchor unit has already started. This will be advantageous for farmers in and around Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts."


NV Rama Raju of North Coastal Integrated Food Park said the project is aimed to facilitate upcoming food processing units by providing core, non-core and basic infrastructure for encouraging food processing units for setting up their units in the food park. He said, "The farmers of Cheepurapalli mandal in Vizianagaram, Ranashthalam mandal and other mandals in Srikakulam district and neighbouring Ganjam district in Odisha are having a raw cashew nut produce of more than 2.5 lakh metric tonne per annum. Majority of the produce is being sold to Kerala cashew factories. When this type of integrated food park is developed, farmers will have huge production of raw cashew nuts and when more cashew processing units are coming up in this type of food park, employment for around 5000 people will be available."



"Our objective is to achieve integration of food processing infrastructure from farm to the market as well as making food processing an all season activity," he added.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/after-tech-park-its-food-park-in-vizianagaram/articleshow/58900617.cms

Cashew sector: The Council of cotton cashew in outreach mission on improving the quality of cashew raw nuts

30 May 2017

Missions
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outreach missions Cotton Cashew Council chiefs in 4 town area 
From 23 to 27 May 2017, the Council of cashew Cotton conducted outreach missions cashew industry stakeholders on quality improvement of crude cashew nuts in departments Bouaké Korhogo Odienné and Seguela.

From 23 to 27 May 2017, the Council of cashew Cotton conducted outreach missions cashew industry stakeholders on improving the quality of raw cashew nuts in the departments of Bouake, Korhogo, Odienne and Séguéla. 

The mission of awareness, which was attended by the Executive Council with its Director General, Dr. Adama Coulibaly, was to inform, educate and closely involve stakeholders in the sector in the management of the quality of cashew nuts. 

If the quality does have a cost, it also has a price on the international market, said Dr. Adama Coulibaly, hence its invitation to trackers, buyers and exporters to register in the "quality approach, guaranteeing a better future "for the industry and a greater income redistribution. He stressed the need of cashew nuts made in Ivory Coast, '' label ''. 

Faced with industry players in Séguéla, Ouattara Mariam, the Technical Director of cashew Cashew Cotton Council stressed the importance of working to improve the quality of cashew nuts. '' If we all work in quality measures and the origin Ivory Coast is better valued, we will have the best prices, '' Has she said. Explaining that it is 150 to 200 dollars per tonne as the country loses each year. 

Both buyers that producers have all recognized the need to work to improve the quality of cashew nuts in that '' 'is everyone wins when there is quality' ' . 

"If we make the quantity without quality, we will not benefit fully from the fruits of our labor. It's good to be the biggest producer, but it would be better to make the quality to take advantage of higher prices, "advised the Prefect Benjamin Effoli. 

These sensitization missions within the scope of the actions undertaken since 2013 to get cashews whose quality is impeccable in terms of local and international standards. The sector recorded an improvement in product quality (KOR increased from less than 46 to 47, the moisture content increased from 9.6 to 8%), encouraging results but should be improved . Ivory Coast since 2014 held the first world rank in production of cashew nuts, with an average production of about 700,000 tons per year. 

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Source: http://news.abidjan.net/h/615951.html

World cashew output relatively stable



Global cashew output this year is expected to be only marginally above that of 2016, according to figures issued at the INC World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, held in Chennai, India, from May 19-21.
India is pegged to overtake Ivory Coast this year at 176,700 tonnes compared ...
Read more: https://www.agra-net.com/agra/public-ledger/commodities/nuts/cashews/world-cashew-output-relatively-stable-553282.htm

Thứ Hai, 29 tháng 5, 2017

In Ghana, the actors get their act together to develop the cashew value chain

29 May 2017
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), the Cashew Industry Association of Ghana (CIAG) and BLC Consulting signed a Merorumdum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the implementation of the national cashew development plan over ten years (from 2017 to 2027 ). Ambitious plan, it aims to support research, improved inputs and technology, regulate the industry, develop strategic investments, increase local consumption of products for cashew base to ultimately increase production and productivity throughout of the value chain of the cashew. The objectives are to increase production from 145,000 tons to 200,000 tons and processing capacity 143,000 tons to 200,000 tons also. The plan should have the support of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, African Alliance cashews and the World Bank.
For its part, the GEPA will make cashew one of its flagship products in the promotion of non-traditional export products. In 2016, the cashew has generated $ 197 million in revenue. The General Director of the GEPA, Gifty Kekeli Klenam, said at the signing of the MoU that the development plan was unique because based on a public-private partnership with the involvement of fund managers that will support research and development farmers, processors and more generally all the players in the value chain. She said she will work with the Ministries of Food and Agriculture, Trade and Industry to implement the National Cashew Development Board and Cashew Development Fund. In addition, will be created a Development Desk for overseeing all activities related to the cashew, including technical support and liaison with all stakeholders in the sector. It campaigns for the GEPA introduce a levy on exports of raw cashews to support the plan beyond 10 years. This levy could reach $ 8 million per year and will facilitate the implementation of the Cashew Development Fund.
The president of the GIAG, Winfred Osei Owusu, welcomes the involvement of GEPA. Over the years we have had many discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry and it is quite refreshing that the new management of GEPA has agreed to work with us to deploy this ten-year development plan " has -t he said.
Source: http://www.commodafrica.com/29-05-2017-au-ghana-les-acteurs-accordent-leurs-violons-pour-developper-la-chaine-de-valeur-du-cajou

Chủ Nhật, 28 tháng 5, 2017

Ghana: One District One Factory: Offinso North sets eyes on two factories, not one

28 May 2017



According to the Offinso North District Executive Officer, Asare Boakye, the district has the potential to support two factories because of the large tomato and cashew plantations that can be found in the area.

The Offinso North District Assembly is garnering for two factories to be setup in the area as part of the new government's industrialisation plan dubbed One District One Factory.
According to the Offinso North District Executive Officer, Asare Boakye, the district has the potential to support two factories because of the large tomato and cashew plantations that can be found in the area.
As such, the district would be lobbying the government to help them set up two factories, a tomato processing factory and a cashew processing factory, instead of the one factory that is expected to be implemented as part of the industrialisation programme.
According to him, the district had also set a target of becoming the largest cashew growing area in Ghana within the next decade under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, another government scheme to increase agriculture production in the country.
One District One Factory was a major campaign promise of the Nana Akufo-Addo government. It aims to partner private investors to set up factories across Ghana's districts to boost local economies and provide jobs for the many unemployed youth.
Source: http://pulse.com.gh/business/one-district-one-factory-offinso-north-sets-eyes-on-two-factories-not-one-id6748981.html

Ivory Coast / Actors sensitized on issues of quality of cashew nuts

Le May 27, 2017



Bouake, May 27 (PIA) -The players in the cashew sector were sensitized on Friday in Bouake, on the issues of preserving and improving the quality of cashew nuts for the sustainable development of that sector in Côte Ivory.
Initiated by the Council of cotton and cashew enshrined in the roadmap reflection platform on preserving and improving the quality of cashew nuts, the workshop has attracted the attention of stakeholders on the need sell well dried and sorted products.
Discussions focused on what to watch for optimizing the production quality and inviting actors to join. This requires compliance with the route that starts from the establishment of seed drying and bagging through harvest.
The representative of the Director General Cotton Council cashew, Kone Gabessongon, challenged stakeholders indicating that the poor lose 150 to 200 US dollars per tonne. This corresponds, he added, with a loss of 100F per kilogram due to poor quality.
The awareness campaign will take place in larger communities of cashew basin, including Bouaké, Korhogo, Odienne, and Seguela.
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Source: http://www.laminute.info/cote-divoireles-acteurs-sensibilises-sur-les-enjeux-de-la-qualite-de-la-noix-de-cajou/

Cashew sector in Benin: The Brmn form players with international standards

27 May 2017

Cashew sector in Benin: The Brmn form players with international standards

Training on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (Sps), the HACCP and international standards, and the classification of cashew kernels.

Actors of the cashew sector in Benin were trained this Wednesday, May 24, the Office of restructuring and upgrading (Brmn).
It is in the building program of productive and trade capacities of Benin (Benin Prcpc).

This is according to the consultant Gérard Bossey of UNIDO, motivation training by Brmn.
This is to teach them what the norm in this area and how to comply with them to access the international market. And especially on very specific aspects of the products we want to help promote this market . " This was said Director General of Brmn, Airy Tonato.

For market access cashew

According to him, this training account for the building program of productive and trade capacities of Benin (Benin Prcpc). It aims to help these players to provide easy access to that market. This implies, he says, a number of prerequisites.
Upstream, it's a whole lot of methodologies and measures to be taken during all the work, from the fields up to delivery at the customer " says Gérard Bossey, the trainer. He focused in particular on sanitary and phytosanitary measures (Sps), HACCP, international standards and classifications of cashew kernels.

Strengthening competitiveness in the sector Cashew

The implementation of acquired induce strengthening the competitiveness of Benin's cashew in an international market. What is fundamental is respect for quality and then make our cashew is not downgraded in the market ," says the DG / Brmn.
There are categories cashew market, we must ensure that we are in the first category where cashew is better valued "

Source: https://lanouvelletribune.info/2017/05/filiere-anacarde-brmn-forme/

Tanzania: Council Decides to Diversify Farming

26 May 2017



Malinyi — The District Council of Malinyi has decided to move one step forward from engaging in rice production only to growing also cash crops, such as cocoa and cashew nuts, it has been revealed.
Speaking to this paper after a teak growers' forum organised by Kilombero Valley Teak Co Ltd in Ifakara on Wednesday, Malinyi District executive director Marcelin Ndimbwa said after a meeting the district council decided to change from depending on rice production to engaging also in cash crops.
"So, we will grow cocoa and cashew nuts in our district to boost our economy," he said, adding: "We have already ordered 1.5 million of cocoa seedlings from a local company in Kyela District."
According to Mr Ndimbwa, each primary school will have to plant at least three acres of cocoa and secondary schools will plant five acres of the crop.
"If we start farming these two crops, people will stop depending on rice and instead they will grow cocoa or engage in cashew farming," he stressed.
The district executive director elaborated that they had about 33 primary schools and if each of them cultivated three acres of cocoa they would achieve something.
"But we have also nine secondary schools, and we want each of them to cultivate five acres of cocoa and the rest will be done by ordinary people. I think we will have crossed 200 acres. This will be a great achievement in our district," said Mr Ndimbwa.
Mr Ndimbwa noted that they had already started growing cocoa in his area and people had accepted it.
"But we are still looking for a place where we can get cashew seedlings," he explained.
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201705260872.html

India: Cashew declines on subdued demand


Almond (California) Rs 16,400-16,800, almond (Gurbandi- new) Rs 12,000-12,100, almond (Girdhi) Rs 5,000-5,200; abjosh afghani Rs 8,000-23,000, almond kernel (california-new) Rs 590-600 per kg, almond kernel (gurbandi-new) Rs 725-800 per kg, chilgoza (Roasted-new) (1 kg) Rs 2,500-2,700, cashew Kernel 1 kg (no 180) Rs 1,070-1,080, cashew Kernel (no 210) Rs 940-950, cashew Kernel (no 240) Rs 890-900, cashew Kernel (no 320) Rs 790-800, cashew kernel broken 2 pieces Rs 670-770, cashew kernel broken 4

New Delhi, May 27 Cashew prices fell by Rs 10 per kg in the national capital today owing to sluggish demand from retailers and stockists amid adequate stocks.
Increased arrivals from producing belts against slackened demand from bulk consumers also weighed pressure on the cashew prices.
Cashew kernel (No 180, 210, 240 and 230) prices fell by Rs 10 each to settle at Rs 1,070-1,080, Rs 940-950, Rs 890-900 and Rs 790-800 per kg, respectively.
Marketmen said low demand from retailers and stockists at prevailing higher levels against increased arrivals, weighed on cashew prices.
Following are today's quotations (per 40 kgs):
Almond (California) Rs 16,400-16,800, almond (Gurbandi- new) Rs 12,000-12,100, almond (Girdhi) Rs 5,000-5,200; abjosh afghani Rs 8,000-23,000, almond kernel (california-new) Rs 590-600 per kg, almond kernel (gurbandi-new) Rs 725-800 per kg, chilgoza (Roasted-new) (1 kg) Rs 2,500-2,700, cashew Kernel 1 kg (no 180) Rs 1,070-1,080, cashew Kernel (no 210) Rs 940-950, cashew Kernel (no 240) Rs 890-900, cashew Kernel (no 320) Rs 790-800, cashew kernel broken 2 pieces Rs 670-770, cashew kernel broken 4 pieces Rs 650-760, cashew kernel broken 8 pieces Rs 550-660, copra (qtl) Rs 8,800-11,000, coconut powder (25 kgs) Rs 4,000-4,400, dry dates Red (qtl) Rs 2,700- 12,000, fig Rs 20,000-26,000, kishmish kandhari local Rs 10,000-15,000, kishmish kandhari special Rs 9,000-23,000, kishmish Indian yellow Rs 4,000-4,800, kishmish Indian green Rs 5,000-7,500, pistachio Irani Rs 1,050-1,150, pistachio hairati Rs 1,425-1,450, pistachio peshawari Rs 1,525-1,550, pistachio dodi (roasted) 700-800, walnut Rs 270-380 and walnut Kernel (1 kg) Rs 800-1,300.

http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/cashew-declines-on-subdued-demand/1061217

India: Almond prices up on rising demand


Almond (California) Rs 16,900-17,300, almond(Gurbandi- new) Rs 12,000-12,100, almond (Girdhi) Rs 5,000-5,500; abjosh afghani Rs 8,000-23,000, almond kernel (california-new) Rs 605-615 per kg, almond kernel (gurbandi-new) Rs 725-800 per kg, chilgoza (Roasted-new) (1 kg) Rs 2,500-2,600, cashew Kernel 1 kg (no 180) Rs 1,080-1,090, cashew Kernel (no 210) Rs 950-960, cashew Kernel (no 240) Rs 900-910, cashew Kernel (no 320) Rs 800-810, cashew kernel broken 2 pieces Rs 670-770, cashew kernel broken 4

New Delhi, May 26 In limited deals, almond California prices rose by Rs 100 per 40 kg at the wholesale dryfruits market in the national capital today on rising demand from retailers.

However, other dryfruits held steady in thin trade.

Marketmen said mild demand from retailers mainly attributed the rise in almond and its kernel prices.

Almond (California) rose by Rs 100 to Rs 16,900-17,300 per 40 kg. Its kernel also edged up by Rs 5 to Rs 605-615 per kg.

Following are today's quotations (per 40 kgs):

  • Almond (California) Rs 16,900-17,300, almond(Gurbandi- new) Rs 12,000-12,100, almond (Girdhi) Rs 5,000-5,500; abjosh afghani Rs 8,000-23,000, almond kernel (california-new) Rs 605-615 per kg, almond kernel (gurbandi-new) Rs 725-800 per kg, chilgoza (Roasted-new) (1 kg) Rs 2,500-2,600, 
  • cashew Kernel 1 kg (no 180) Rs 1,080-1,090, cashew Kernel (no 210) Rs 950-960, cashew Kernel (no 240) Rs 900-910, cashew Kernel (no 320) Rs 800-810, cashew kernel broken 2 pieces Rs 670-770, cashew kernel broken 4 pieces Rs 650-760, cashew kernel broken 8 pieces Rs 550-660, copra (qtl) Rs 8,800-11,000, 
  • coconut powder (25 kgs) Rs 4,000-4,400, dry dates Red (qtl) Rs 2,700- 12,000, fig Rs 20,000-26,000, kishmish kandhari local Rs 10,000-15,000, kishmish kandhari special Rs 9,000-23,000, kishmish Indian yellow Rs 4,500-5,000, kishmish Indian green Rs 5,500-8,000, 
  • pistachio Irani Rs 1,050-1,150, pistachio hairati Rs 1,420-1,445, pistachio peshawari Rs 1,520-1,545, pistachio dodi (roasted) 700-800, 
  • walnut Rs 270-380 and walnut Kernel (1 kg) Rs 800-1,300.


Source: http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/almond-prices-up-on-rising-demand/1060442

Ghana: 10-Year cashew development plan in the offing


Thứ Sáu, 26 tháng 5, 2017

Ghana urged to set standardised price for cashew


Ghanaian cashew and cocoa farmer Nana Ampaabeng Kyeremeh has appealed to the government to set a standardised price for cashew products for the industry to thrive.

India: Govt plans talks with African envoys

25 May 2017



To explore ways for direct purchase of cashew by the proposed Cashew Board

The government will convene talks with ambassadors of 12 raw cashew exporting African countries in Thiruvananthapuram to explore ways for direct purchase of cashew by the proposed Cashew Board.
The aim is to avoid exploitation by traders involved in import of raw nut, Minister for Cashew Industry J. Mercykutty Amma told the media here on Thursday.
The groundwork for the meeting was laid by the Union Ministry of External Affairs on a request from the State government, Ms. Mercykutty said.
The ambassadors expressed their willingness to attend the meeting.
The Minister said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would preside over the meeting and a date would be announced soon. She said the meeting may be held during the first week of June.
She said exploitation by traders was one of the main reasons for processors incurring loss in the cashew business.

Help for private sector

Ms. Mercykutty said such moves were intended to protect small-scale processors in the private sector.
It means that apart from supplying imported raw cashew to the public sector factories, the proposed board also intends supplying raw cashew to the small- scale processors in the private sector.
She said it was the government’s decision to keep the private sector healthy in view of the workers employed in the sector.
The Minister said the government did not expect all cashew exporting African countries to support the proposal as traders were influential in some of these nations.
At the same time, it was also expected that some countries could agree to such a tie-up. Such a move could brighten the prospects of the State’s cashew industry, she said.
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/govt-plans-talks-with-african-envoys/article18579087.ece