New cashew nut plantsThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE Indian state of Chhattisgarh is to set up three cashew nut processing units in its Bastar region, according to government sources quoted by local media. The units in Kumharvand, Karmari and Turenaar will be equipped for processing nuts, including shelling, peeling, grading into different sizes and colours, drying or humidifying and packing. Three private firms are already operating processing units in Bastar. The total area under cashew production in the state is about 10 000ha, of which 2 000ha are in Bastar. The present cashew yield is 480kg per hectare in the state while the national average is about 700-800kg/ha.