Cashew Stakeholders’ Workshop on Analysis of Cashew Value Chain in Goa at this Institute


Cashew Stakeholders’ Workshop on Analysis of Cashew Value Chain in Goa

ICAR-CCARI hosted a workshop on “Analysis of Cashew Value Chain in Goa” on 31.10.2017, to facilitate  a Project of The Directorate of Cashewnut and Cocoa Development, Kochi, executed through  the University of  Agril. Sciences, Dharwad. The overall programme, highlighted the  importance of Cashew crop for the Goa’s economy and the role of each stakeholder in the value chain of cashew industry for the sustainable futuristic prospects. Cashew farmers being the first link of cashew value chain, expressed the concern about the major constraints such as  need for location specific varieties, permanent solution for cashew stem and root borer, marketing  problems,  role of co-operative societies,  post harvest handling of RCNs and cashew apples, small scale processing opportunities and constraints, raw cashew nut price policies, researchable issues, etc.,  during the technical sessions.  The uniqueness of the workshop was evident among the participants who were in themselves, the cashew farmers, processors, agriculture officers, extension and marketing agencies also.  While presiding over the function, Dr. E B Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, emphatically remarked for the complementary interaction among the stakeholders for the mutual benefit of each one, right from Farmer to the consumer.  In his inaugural address Dr. Venkatesh Hubballi, Director, DCCD, Kochi, emphasized the need of such value chain studies for stabilizing the national cashew  scenario for competing in the international market.   Shri  Naveen Kumar Patle, Deputy Commissioner(Hort.),  DAC & FW, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, while addressing the gathering as Chief guest, stressed for  a comprehensive   report of the project for constructive action plan for addressing the farmers’ concerns.  Shri Nelson Figueiredo, Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa, Shri  Madhav  Sahakari, Chairman, Goa Cashew Manufacturers  Association , Shri Ullas Gopal Asnodkar, Chairman, Goa State Agriculture Marketing Board, besides addressing the inaugural gathering, actively interacted as vital stakeholders of the Goa cashew economy,  in the technical sessions revolving around production problems, processing & value addition and marketing including import and export problems. Dr. S M Mundinamani,  Professor (Agril. Economics ) and the  Principal Investigator of the project of cashew value chain analysis in Goa was appraised by the participating cashew stakeholders, of  the ground realities of the cashew economy in Goa for incorporating in the analysis of the cashew value chain in Goa for preparing  the pragmatic  report for subsequent action plan.