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WB roasted cashewnut industry facing problems

Lack of availability of raw cashewnuts and wastage during processing is hampering the smooth flow of work at the roasted cashew-manufacturing industry in West Bengal.

There are over 250 processing units in the industry,  processing and roasting  cashew nuts. Over 1,000 people  work in this cluster, which is worth Rs.14 crore.  The major markets for the sale of the roasted cashewnuts are  Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and New Delhi.

“All the processing units in this industry are small and micro firms. The industrialists face several problems in the processing of  cashewnuts, the most important  of them being that the  lack of  availability of raw cashewnuts. It is a seasonal product, and its yield decides its prices, ” said Sreenath, an industrialist.

Moreover, there is a lot breakage of the nuts while processing and roasting  them, which ultimately leads to losses for the manufacturers,”  Sreenath added. “Only 10%  of the nuts are procured from local farmers, while we have to buy the rest from other states  like Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and Odisha,” he said.

“The cost of the procurement  of raw cashewnuts is very high. The state government should set a minimum support price for them,  so that the farmers  can charge only the recommended prices,” stated Monish Chatterjee, another manufacturer.

“There are no opportunities for export in the indsutry. There should be an association that puts forward the demands of the industrialists before the government and  follows them up  dedicatedly,” he said.