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.