The event was attended by around 40 exhibitors, showcasing semi-automatic shelling and peeling machines and colour sorters etc. from India and abroad, viz. Korea and China, as well as 600-700 visitors, informed KCMA secretary K. Pramod Kamath.
According to Kamath, the cashew processing industry in Karnataka employs around 50,000 women; thus giving a major boost to women empowerment. However, there is a steep decline in the number of skilled workforce in recent years. Also, due to increased demand for cashew nuts in the market, the cashew processors ware compelled to import around 50 per cent of raw nuts.
Hence, to overcome skill shortages and to increase the output, the industry is actively looking for efficient machineries. The exhibition is expected to serve the purpose.
Meanwhile, KCMA had urged the Government to formulate policies to encourage cashew cultivation in the State.