Côte d’Ivoire: cashew players facing the challenges of the Agricultural Commodity Exchange

In a few months, the cashew nut, whose production reached nearly 800,000 tonnes in 2020, will trade on the Agricultural Raw Materials Exchange (BMPA) to allow the setting of a national price per kilogram in accordance with the law of the supply and demand.

If this platform (BMPA) allows the farmer to secure the selling price of his production, it proves the requirement to accommodate quality walnuts in storage centers. This is why the actors expect to benefit from training and appropriate means of control for a good quality of the post-harvest almonds.

Already, more than 200 professional agricultural organizations which began, on Friday April 2, a training course with the Cashew Cotton Council (CCA) in the Hambol region (located in the center-north of Côte d’Ivoire), expressed this Saturday April 10, a satisfecit for these capacity building sessions. “Quality is a concern as much for the Council as for the producers that we are. We are aware that the quality of the cashew nut comes from the producer, ”said Hassane Coulibaly, chairman of the board of directors of the Union of Cooperatives in Dabakala, a city in the center of the country.

Initiated since September 2016, the reform for the quality of cashew nuts is now entering a strategic phase, not only for processing which is also a priority for the government but more for export, accompanied by storage centers for securing the value of the product.

In addition to cashews, maize and cola are also eligible for the BMPA intended to improve the marketing system for agricultural products.

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