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Record cashew crop in world leader Ivory Coast, but COVID-19 hits prices

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Record cashew crop in world leader Ivory Coast, but COVID-19 hits prices

Processed cashew nuts are pictured at a factory in the central Ivorian city of Bouake on May 24, 2018. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

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Production of cashew nuts is surging in Ivory Coast, but international prices are falling

Cashew nut production in the world’s top grower Ivory Coast will cross 800,000 tons to set a new record, but prices have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said on Monday, October 5.

“We have beaten in 2020 the records from preceding years. The largest quantity we have produced up until now was 760,000 tons in 2018,” Adama Coulibaly, the head of the Cotton and Cashew Council of Ivory Coast, told Agence France-Presse.

“This year, we’re going to exceed 800,000 tons and nudge at the mark of 900,000 tons,” Coulibaly said.

Nevertheless, a bumper crop will be of no benefit for marketing and sales, because of the global health crisis.

“Coronavirus has had a negative impact on the marketing of the cashew nut, which has seen a drop in prices internationally,” Coulibaly said.

“Before the coronavirus, offers made to Ivory Coast were $1,300 (1,106 euros) per ton, today we sell with difficulty at between $800 and $900 per ton.”

The 2018-2019 season resulted in a production of 634,000 tons, against 761,000 the previous year, a decrease of 17%.

“We have an extremely positive dynamic in terms of production. We need to bring the same dynamic approach to processing, because it is in processing that there is added value,” he said. – Rappler.com

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