Africa Processes Less Than 10% Of Cashew Production —ACA President

THE President of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), Babatola Faseru, has stated that processing factories in Africa are still challenged with issues of inadequate access to finance, lack of processing equipment, technical knowledge and skills, storage systems among others, and that Africa processes less than 10 percent of its total production.

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He stated this while speaking during the fourth Ordinary Session of the Consultative International Cashew Council (CICC), in Cameroon, adding that at the circumference of these challenges is the key issue of quality-enabling environment for a sustainable industry.

He said the future is bright for cashew production in Africa, but there are many loopholes along the line.

“Starting from the base root-production, as much as we are number one in the world, our cashew trees are producing less than expected, there is not enough diverse research and technologies to improve seed varieties, breeding .Can we arguably say that our farmers are following the appropriate post-harvest practices to minimize losses and wastage?

Source- Tribune