WCC Interviews

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Mr Amrith Kurien, Comafrique

"I like to believe today the volumes and quality which are coming out of SeGaBi has be a synergy and everybody putting in the hands together and making this happen"

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Mr Olusegun Awolowo, CEO NEPC

"Nigerian Import-Export Bank has a scheme which is ready to facilitate equipments required for processing; efforts are put in to see there is more processing of Cashew kernels in Nigeria"

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Mr Gunjan V Jain, VKC Nuts

"In Walnuts, what we started as essential packaging in 1995 has now become norm. Today one can't sell walnut kernels if it's not in a small consumer vacuum pack"

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Mr Rahul Kamath, KCMA

"In 2015, KCMA distributed 60,000 free saplings to the farmers and we want to distribute at least 1 lakh free saplings in 2016 to promote cashew cultivation in large scale"

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Ms Rita Weidinger, ComCashew

"For developing a sector and looking at cashew sector specifically as it is a young sector, we need both private and public sectors to talk to each other and learn from each other"

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Mr Jim Fitzpatrick, Business development consultant and mentor Ingredient Sourcing Solutions

"Quality is every bit as much a part of process management as it is a simple physical characteristics of the product"

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Mr Ashok Narayanan, Orion Commodities

"Standardization of RCN will be welcomed by the buyers; it's just like their dream come true."

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Dr Bhoodes Chairman, Federation of Indian Cashew Industries (FICI)

"There is a great need in India for standards in quality and trade parameters, in the RCN trade; especially with respect to outturn and nut count."

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Mr Jim Giles, Food Safety and Quality Analyst

"The biggest expectation from a kernel buyer would be honouring the contracts signed by the sellers"

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Mr Ranjit Wallia, CHI Commodities

"A lot of people who are involved in the almond business are also into cashew trade. Hence, there is going to be a credit squeeze, that will affect cashew Industry"

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Mr Ravindra Mehta, International Fruits & Nuts Organization

"I view India is going to be a largest consumer of Almonds' even beyond USA, which is four folds as of now"

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Mr Suraj Rao, AEC-CI

"We are trying to organize the whole participation of the exporter in the value chain, we participate with the government in order to get the fair prices to the farmers as well as structure the trade for the exporters"

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Mr Shaktipal, Technoserve Africa

"From Technoserve's primary strategic data, we got to know that full potential of Indian Cashew sector is not being tapped and there are all needs to make it happen"

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Mr Diaby Lucman, Director General, AFRICAJOU, GIC-CI

"I believe that massive cashew exports are not our main issue.We have two biggest issues; the competitiveness and the access to financing."

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Mr Harikrishnan Nair, Western India Cashew Company Pvt Ltd.,

"It's not just the cost or price, which sells a product; it's also the service and long term relationship, quality and reliability that you give to your product"

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Mr Vasudev Barkur, ETG

"We want to make the brand 'Korosho' as an African brand and one of the premium quality brand catering to the needs of the Middle East, USA and Europe"

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Ms Suhashini Singh, responsAbility

"We have planned to reach 40 million dollars in financing cashew mainly in Asia and Africa in 2016"

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Mr Marco Rosini, responsAbility

"We have planned to reach 40 million dollars in financing cashew mainly in Asia and Africa in 2016"

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Mr Sadananda Nair, Vink Corporation

"A hi-tech processing plant in Benin with a capacity of 20 tons per day and a CNSL extraction plant are being put up by Vink Corporation; I can proudly say, ours is the first plant that is coming up in Republic of Benin."

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Mr Tola Faseru, NCAN

"In near future we are expecting the Nigerian production to go up to 500,000 tones and also expecting the processing to go up to 50%."

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Ms Vinitha Venkatesh, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd

"We believe that, we are just not facilitating cashew trade, instead we are partners."

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Mr Babafemi Oyewole, President, ACA

"As an alliance we are trying to face the challenges by engaging the policy makers, making them understand the importance of processing and also the plight of processors who have put in a lot of investments in setting up the plants"

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Mr Vashdev Dhamal, P.T. Mandari konsep Indonesia

"Our goal for 2016 is to see that, cashews and all other agricultural commodities of Indonesia have their value addition within the country, as just selling a raw material and sleeping over it by not making benefit"

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Mr Easwaran S Chadalavada, AGT Foods India Pvt Ltd

"As observed the last five years the Indian export of cashews has come down and the consumption has increased because the buying power has increased"

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Mr Charlie Gill, Whitworths

"While buying we have to have a consistent product. It may be because Vietnam has invested much on the mechanical processing methodologies, the product is more consistent in terms of quality. We have seen less complaint"

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Mr Bharathy, Partner, GI Technologies India

"As there is a huge issue of labour in the cashew industry, we are conducting a lot of research on labour efficient machinery in order to minimize this problem and meet the requirements of our customers"

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Dr B Jacob, Synergy Systems

"Years of experience in inspection of sea foods, cashews and whole lot of many other products, as the expertise of the resource persons were put together; we named it as synergy, the sum total of energy of all the peoples put together"

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Mr P Sundaran, Chairman CEPCI

"We can reduce the cost of production by mechanization and automation of the industry, for which the existing industrialists have to invest huge money; they need support and financial assistance from the government as well as from the financial industry/institutions"

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Mr J B Kar, Afri Ventures

"We expect proper gradation of cashews from different origins. Some cashews are inherently of lower quality and others are of higher quality, to prevent mixtures we need to go down to the farm gate level in order to obtain well graded raw cashew nuts"

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