African cashew nut producers rally together
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CTA. 2005. African cashew nut producers rally together. Spore 117. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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African cashew nut producers are worried about the new phytosanitary standards for food products imported into the EU that came into force in January 2005.
African cashew nut producers are worried about the new phytosanitary standards for food products imported into the EU that came into force in January 2005. From the trees to the consumers plates, these procedures must all be followed to the letter and cover areas including the use of fertilisers and pesticides, the cleanliness of the factory and the hygiene practices of the staff (see Spore 113). Faced with such strict measures, India which buys 98% of the raw nuts from Africa before reselling them, shelled and processed, to Europe has announced that it no longer wants to buy from the African market. Asian countries are already well positioned in the global market, with large plantations in Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia which produce outputs of 2 t/ha as opposed to African plantations, which produce only 500 kg/ha. In a bid to resolve this problem, an international seminar was held in September 2004 in Abidjan, Côte d Ivoire. It was organised by PROMEXA (Côte d Ivoire s non-traditional agricultural export promotion association), ARECA (the regulatory authority of Côte d Ivoire for cotton and cashew nuts) and APCAM (Mali s permanent assembly of chambers of agriculture), with the financial support of PROINVEST, the EU-ACP partnership programme. Major results of the seminar included the adoption of an industrial processing development plan for cashew nuts in Africa and the creation of an association that brings together the major players in the African sector. Still in its preparatory stage, this grouping will develop the sector under the name of ADEFICA (Association for the Development of the African Cashew Network). In Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Enterprise Works, an American non-profit organisation, is developing processing mechanisms and helping to train local business people in production and marketing skills.