Kerala has asked the Centre to facilitate direct procurement of raw cashew
nuts from African countries, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on June
The state wants to avoid middlemen in the trade. The Ministry of External
Affairs will be urged to negotiate and enter into agreement with traders he
said at the diplomatic conclave on cashew industry.
Pinarayi spoke on “diplomacy administration” at the two-day conclave
organised by the state government and the External Affairs Ministry.
Direct procurement will benefit farmers and producers alike. The state is
ready to cooperate with the MEA to identify potential suppliers.”
Faced with a requirement of 8 lakh tonnes of raw cashew nuts a year, only
0.83 lakh tonnes are being produced in the state, Pinarayi said. Kerala is a
major beneficiary of the cashew imports to the country worth one billion
dollars. The raw cashew is imported from African countries, processed in Kerala
and exported as a value added commodity.
The LDF Government reopened closed cashew factories within 100 days of
assuming power benefiting 80,000 workers. The state’s workforce in the sector
is underused and increased imports of raw cashew are required to resolve
Kerala Chief Secretary Nalini Netto and K Nagaraj Naidu, joint secretary,
economic diplomacy division, Ministry of External Affairs, addressed the