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Cashew Industry


Cashew Industry In India

Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.), a tree native of Eastern Brazil, was introduced in India by the Portuguese nearly five centuries ago. In India, cashew was first introduced in Goa, from where it spread to other parts of the country. Initially, it found use in soil binding to check erosion. Commercial cultivation began in the early 1960s and, over the years, cashew became a crop with high economic value and attained the status of an export-oriented commodity, earning considerable foreign exchange for the country.

Export Highlights

  • Export of cashew nutshell liquid/Cardanol from India stood at 4,547 MT, valued at Rs 23.16 crore (US$ 4.68 million), while exports of cashew kernels stood at 55,272 MT, valued at Rs 3,731.23 crore (US$ 754.55 million) during April 2018-January 2019.
  • Export earnings from raw cashew nut during April 2018-January 2019 stood at 11,414 MT, valued at Rs 143.98 crore (US$ 29.12 million).
  • India accounts for about 65 per cent of global cashew exports.
  • India exports cashew kernels to over 60 countries. Its major markets are the US, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, the UK as well as Middle East countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Cashew Export Promotion Council of India

The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI) works to promote the export of cashew kernels and CNSL. The council serves as an intermediary between importers of cashew kernels and exporters who are members of the council. It also deals with disputes on exports/imports arising due to quality standards and breach of contractual obligations, among others. It undertakes numerous activities, such as organising global buyer-seller meets as well as studies on nutritional aspects of cashew and providing support to cashew processors and exporters for improving infrastructure.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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