Suppliers of processed cashew nuts have now hinted that the price of cashew nuts may rise on account of higher costs.
Noted businessman Madhav
Sahakari, who has a cashew processing unit, told The Goan that they are forced
to procure raw cashew nuts from abroad this year.
“We have already booked our order
with Tanzania, Indonesia and other African countries. We were completely
dependent on local production, but this year it has dropped by more than 50 per
cent. It\\\'s mainly because of climatic factors and the situation is the same
across India,” Sahkari said.
According to Sahakari, cashew
season starts early in Kerala and they buy 10 per cent of raw cashew nuts from
the southern state every year. “This year, we had no option than to place
orders with foreign countries,” Sahkari added.
Sahakari said the processed
cashew nuts are supplied in Goa, Mumbai and Gujarat. “I don’t export cashew
nuts, but focus on domestic market,” he said.
Sources from Goa Bagayatdar said
productivity was less this year. “Cashew season has almost come to an end, but
we have not received cashews in large number as compared to last year. It is
dropped by 50 per cent,” an officer of Goa Bagaytdar said on condition of
Presently, Goa Bagayatdar buys raw cashew nuts at Rs 140
per kg and sources said Kerala sellers offer it for Rs 120 per kg.
IT\\\'S GONNA COST MORE!
* Processed cashew nut suppliers hint of price rise on account of higher costs
* Processing units forced to
procure raw cashew nuts from abroad this year
* Orders already booked with
Tanzania, Indonesia and other African countries
* Drop in production is
attributed to climatic factors and situation which is said to be same across India
Won\\\'t procure cashew nuts
from outside: Sawaikar
Chairman of Goa Bagayatdar and MP
Adv Narendra Sawaikar said they will not procure cashew nuts from outside the
“Since the Bagayatdar is a
farmer’s cooperative, we are committed to give maximum possible rate to the raw
cashew nuts of shareholders. But as we are not into processing, there is no
question of procuring from other states,” Sawaikar told The Goan.
There are about 10 processing
units in Ponda taluka, which are dependent on local production. Some also buy
from Kerala and Maharashtra. The rate of Kerala cashew nuts is less than
Maharashtra and Goa.
Nagesh Komarpant, Zonal
Agriculture Officer at Ponda, told The Goan that cashew nuts from Goa are
tastier as compared to other states. “Cashew nuts from Goa are good in size and
also has good taste. It is unfortunate that this year the production has
dropped,” he said.
According to Komarpant, the zonal
agriculture office at Ponda supplies over 40,000 cashew grafts to farmers every
year, but this year the production dropped to 50 per cent compared to last
The cashew plantation in Ponda
taluka is spread over 5,000 hectares. “Every year, 10 hectares is added to the
existing production land. We have 2000-odd farmers, who cultivate cashews,”
He said there are four varieties
of cashews in Goa, which are in demand. “They are Vengurla 4, Vengurla 8,
Vengurla 7 and Balli 2. Among them Vengurla 4 has more demand. As of now we
have sold almost 14,000 grafts of all these varieties,” Komarpant informed.