Enhance production, improve quality and enhance the walnut is the ambition of the National Research Program on cashew (NARP) launched last Thursday in Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast. Largest producer, Côte d'Ivoire has to go further. It aims to double production by 2030 and to convert at least 50%. One key is performance improvement which is only 500 kilograms per hectare, which is less than half celuipar example of Brazil or India.
To achieve this, the Council of cotton and cashew (CCC) relies on research. The NARP, with FCFA 4 billion (€ 6 million) over the first three years, will focus on six areas, according to the director of the CCC, Adama Coulibaly, ie genetic / selection, agronomy / multiplication of planting material, defense culture (entomology and plant pathology), biotechnology, post-harvest recovery and socio-economics.
The search is not starting from scratch. As recalled by the Director PCA CCC the Interprofessional Fund for Agricultural Research and Consulting (FIRCA) funds since 2009 a varietal improvement program implemented by the National Agricultural Research Center (CNRA).