Cashew nut industry promotes employment in Tripura

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Agartala, Mar 3 (ANI): There is an increasing demand for cashew nuts both in the domestic and international markets and this has enabled Tripura's emerging cashew nut industry to generate employment in the rural areas.

Tripura is one of the major cashew nuts producing states in the country. ashew Nuts processing units have mushroomed across the state as a result of its high demand across the country. Maa Tara Cashew Processing Industry' in Ashwini Market West Tripura is one such unit.he venture was set up six years ago with financial help from the government.

Currently the unit's output is nearly 150-160 metric tones and it is generating good profits.

Speaking to ANI, Maa Tara Cashew Processing Industry, manager, Sisir Sarkar said: "We collect raw cashew and do the processing in our factory, which runs around ten months a year with the help of around 100 local village women workers."

The unit has helped generate employment especially for women and this has brought about a major change in their lives.

"See the money I earn from here not only helps in meting our family expenses but also the fees of children studying in the school. Thus this factory has an important role to play in our social and economic upliftment. The income of my husband is not enough, now I can also add to it like he other hundred women working over here, " said Chaya Dey, a worker.

Tripura over a period of time has emerged as a cashew nut production hub.

It contributes nearly 4000 metric tonnes to the country's total production of cashew kernels annually. By Pinaki Das (ANI)

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