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October 07, 2012

New Kenya cashew sector revival plans revealed

Kenya's once lucrative cashew sector has been struggling under various problems for years. Now there is a new plan to try to revive it. The sector earned $3 million in 2010, compared to $35 million in 1992.

180,000 cashew seedlings are to be distributed annually to farmers for the next five years, along with other kinds of support. The Nut Processors Association of Kenya hopes the current annual production of 10,000 will go up four-fold by 2015.

However, as other African cashew producing countries like Guinea Bissau and Mozambique have discovered, breathing new life into the sector is easier said  than done. Most of their nuts are exported raw by Indian traders who process them in their country and on-export the final product from there. Attempts to discourage or ban exports of raw nuts have often simply driven away buyers, leaving farmers without markets for their produce. 

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