355 views | Grace Abu | August 23, 2020
Cashew, botanically known as ANACARDIUM OCCIDENTALE, was introduced to Nigeria by Portuguese explorers but quickly became popular in 1950s when it was commercially planted in the eastern regions of Oghe, Oji and Mbala and also in the western regions of Iwo, Eruwa and Upper Ogun by the defunct Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation (ENDC) and Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) respectively. Presently cashew is produced in the following states of Abia, Abuja, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Oyo and Osun.
Nigeria is currently the 4th largest producer of cashew nut in the world. This alone speaks volumes. There is so much potential within the cashew industry. Cashew is a perennial crop that grows seasonally. Unlike other fruits, its seeds are externally attached to the flesh of the cashew fruit. Due to its high nutritional value, demand currently outweighs supply. This is, therefore, good news for investors. An interesting feature of this crop is its wide demand globally. Currently, Nigeria is unable to meet up export demands. Cashew nuts have significantly contributed to Nigeria’s revenue generation. The cashew value chain engages a lot of opportunities for investment. However, to benefit from this, Knowledge is key.
The market chain in cashew business is a long chain which varies. We have the local farmers, local agents/distributors, suppliers and exporters. A merchant or trader could fit into two (2) of the mentioned categories. It’s either you are a SUPPLIER (supplying to cashew nut export companies in Nigeria mainly in Lagos) or an EXPORTER (who in turn the nuts abroad). Most of these companies are owned by Indians and Chinese.
Going into cashew business is not an easy task for a new beginner because alot of things have to be put into consideration. For example
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CASHEW BUSINESS/TERMS
IMPORTANCE AND USES OF CASHEW
There are several uses and benefits of cashew. It’s commonly eaten as food; people also use the nut to make medicine. Cashew is used for stomach and intestinal (gastro intestinal) ailments. Some people also apply cashew directly to the skin as skin stimulant. However, find below some uses of cashew:-
Cashew farming has provided jobs for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. It is also a means of generating foreign exchange for the country and also a means of diversifying the country’s economic activities rather than a fixation on crude oil. It’s time for the country to take active participation in the cashew venture since the new drive of the government is on Non-oil sector. Besides, the international communities are discouraging oil exploration because of its environmental negative implication on the society; and more emphasis placed on bio-safety and bio-fuel.