WCC Interviews

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Mr P Sundaran, Chairman, CEPCI

"P Sundaran says Kollam being the capital of Cashew, we need to have a GI certification similar to that of spices, as Kollam cashew is unique in flavor, colour and taste that need to be registered through a new trademark or logo which can act like as a marketing tool.The government is now assisting cashew farmers, processors and exporters in the right path (mechanization and automation) and am very confident that by 2025 India will emerge out as a self-sufficient country"

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Dr R K Bhoodes, Vice-Chairman, CEPCI

"Cashew industry in India is likely to rebound; the more it goes down the more it reaches higher. CEPCPI is trying to regain its position in the international market, as we are well aware that it was India which initiated industrialization of cashews and brought cashew kernel as a commodity in the International market and now it's the biggest consumer."

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Mr Mahesh Patel, Executive Director, ETG

"The slogan of our group is "As they Grow, We Grow". Production of raw cashews is growing day-by-day in Africa. The future is bright because when we look at the production figures, we have lot of scope to improve processing in Africa providing lot of room and opportunity for rural women to grow"

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Ms Amreetha ENG, Group Director, IE Singapore

"Singapore is a thriving trading hub with a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters. We also work with different partners to ensure that the business infrastructure for the trading community remains relevant and robust"

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Dr D L Maheswar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot-India

"India is ranking high for its horticultural production over agricultural crops. This consistency of improvement in horticulture area and production is because of the intensive investment support given by Indian Government under the schemes like NHM. Now it has been renamed as MIDH. I am sure that we can certainly see a considerable change in cashew industry as well as our mission of increasing the income of farmers going forward"

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Mr Olusegun Awolowo, CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council

"For cashew, our projection since 2014 has been steady and has been increasing. We dealt with 130,000 metric tonnes in 2014 and in 2016 it was 175000 metric tonnes. Now we intend to process and export cashew kernels which will further strengthen our economy. Value addition can make an identifiable impact on the economy.We are also working on a plan to promote cashews as a staple food and thus promote consumption of cashews by replacing groundnuts with that of cashews"

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Mme Kone Minata, Director Generale, SOTRIA Burkina Faso

"The Cashew sector can bring a little hope to all of them, and the new ACA executive committee will begin to advocate with the governments of the producing countries in order to consider this sector as a stepping stone to reduce what we observe every day"

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Mr Jim Fitzpatrick, Business Development Consultant and Mentor, Ingredient Sourcing Solutions

"According to me there is no better nut for snacking, for sweets, for food usage than cashews.Overall in those three major consuming areas- North America, Europe and India - demand remains positive. Greater consumption in India is because of wider spread, more affluence, more people interested in buying the products. In Europe, it's about health, as an alternative to add-in proteins instead of red meat. In US, it's more on snacking, health benefits"

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Ms Sanata Berthe, President and CEO, ICAF- Cote d'Ivoire

"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 Kalbavi Prakash Rao, Director, Kalbavi Industries, Mangalore - India

"We are the pioneers in processing of RCN, though we are not as advanced as Vietnam in mechanization, but we have other strengths to make this processing viable. Indian processing capacity, which was 300,000 tonnes two decades ago has moved to 17,00,000 metric tonnes presently. It is continuously growing because of mechanization and consolidation. This will definitely go beyond 2 million tonnes very shortly"

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Mr Ravinder Mehta, IFNO

"India has got more potential as Almonds are linked to Health benefits, cultural and religious habits"

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Mr Sasishekar Krishnamurthy, Co-Founder, Nanopix

"Across various commodities, cashew is one of the fastest growing commodities. It will be very useful if this industry be supported with the right mechanization. That would take the cashew processing to the next orbit of the value chain through NanoPix grading machine"

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Ms Vidya Kamath, Bola Cashews

"Our main motto is to give good performance and in the long-term perspective so we try to maintain hygiene and all those things and then we're going in for an expansion to have full automation of our factory"

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Mr Jauad Bruno, General Director, Investment Promotion Agency, Guinea Bissau

"Guinea Bissau exports about 200,000 tons of raw nuts and the processing is very low. Our projects therefore mainly involve increasing the level of this link in the cashew value chain"

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Mr Peter L Masawe, Lead Scientist, Naliendele Agricultural Research Institute Tanzania

"The government has introduced various systems for the movement of cashew nuts from the farms to the warehouses and this has lead to increase in production records and certain initiatives to improve processing in Tanzania. In 2016/17 has recorded around 255,000 metric tonnes of cashews production."

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Ms Mlle Achta Cherif, Caronut, Cote d'Ivorie

"Caronut, is acting like a bridge for communities to reach capital for cashew processors by providing finance from financial institutions."

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Mr S Kannan, Executive Director and Secretary, CEPCI

"Kollam being the capital of Cashew, we need to have a GI certification similar to that of spices, as Kollam cashew is unique in flavor, colour and taste that need to be registered through a new trademark or logo which can act like as a marketing tool.The government is now assisting cashew farmers, processors and exporters in the right path (mechanization and automation) and am very confident that by 2025 India will emerge out as a self-sufficient country"

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Mr Tukaram Prabhu, Secretary, KCMA

"In 2017, we are actually expanding our sapling plan, and we are likely to distribute around 5 lakh saplings. Also joining together and trying to implement this programme across Karnataka. It is a wonderful initiative to expand area under cashews in non-traditional areas"

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