Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cashew Nuts Export can Generate N100bn

THE huge global demand for cashew nuts at international markets around the world could make millionaires of Nigerian farmers who are serious with cashew nuts export, as the crop has the potential to generate N100 billion annually to Nige­rian economy in the next 50 years.

This potential has in­creased cashew production in Africa and other nations of the world as well as in­creased exportation to vari­ous parts of the world.
Cashew, which is an im­portant industrial and export crop in Nigeria is believed to have provided livelihood for over 300,000 families and generated about $253 mil­lion to Nigeria’s economy in 2015.
Countries demanding cashew nuts from Nige­ria include United States of America (USA), Indian, China, Vietnam, Brazil and several European countries. The demand for cashew nuts is huge in these countries be­cause of its several uses. They use cashew nuts for paste, butter, milk, salad, curry, cookies, chicken, burfi and powder. The main cashew products are raw nuts, ca­shew kernels, cashew apple and cashew nut shell liquid, which are all traded in the international market.
In Nigeria, cashew grows successfully in virtually all agro-ecological zones in­cluding the semi-arid areas but with high concentration in the middle belt areas in smallholder farms and plan­tations. Cashew production comes from over 28 states including Kogi, Kwara, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Enu­gu, Benue, Cross River, Imo, Sokoto, Nassarawa, Ogun, Osun, Plateau, Kebbi and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), among others.
Speaking on the steps to boost export of cashew nut in Nigeria, the National Publicity Secretary, National Cashew Association of Ni­geria (NCAN), Mr. Sotonye Anga, said the first step was for exporters to ensure their cashew nuts are well dried, tested okay, packed in jute bags and containerised, and then taken straight to port.
He added: “Usually when it comes to a shipping docu­ment, the document would be quality certificate, ISO sanitary certificate, fumiga­tion certificate and certifi­cate of origin including the bill of lading. These are the documents that form ship­ping documents and the third agency such as the NDLEA, NAFDAC, the Cus­toms have to intervene to check the products to ensure that everything is okay.”
He further said: “There is huge market for Nigerian cashew because of its unique taste that has to do exclusive­ly with environment. More uses for it is being found everyday, which is what is driving the demand and the appetite for cashew is also increasing.”
However, he said the an­nual global demand for the commodity far exceeds the supply, which means there is enough room for new play­ers in the cashew nut expor­tation business. The demand for cashew globally is about 3 million metric tonnes and total supply is about 2 million metric tonnes, so demand gap is about 1 million metric tonnes that has to be filled.
He explained that Nige­ria needs to grow about 53 million new cashew trees to take its place in the world of cashew production chart, adding that it would create 2000 jobs and the fastest millionaires by growing 53 million cashew trees across the country.
Anga added that, “to achieve this, there is need for N10 billion investment and the revenue from this invest­ment every year will be N100 billion annually for the next 50 years.
Culled: sunnewsonline.com