Cashew festival in B'lore from April 21
Mangalore, Apr 2: The Karnataka Cashew Manufacturers Association (KCMA) will organise a four-day cashew festival in Bangalore from April 21.
KCMA President Kalbavi Prakash Rao said in a release here that the festival would be held in association with an annual event called Kitchen Yatra, which was expected to draw over 30,000 people.
The main objectives of the fest were to kickstart generic promotion of cashew, develop model for such promotion in every major city, promote the use of cashew as a food ingredient, create awareness that cashew had various nutritional aspects and zero cholesterol, understand the consumers' need and problems associated with cashew trade, he added.
KCMA had proposed to organise a national level buyer-seller meet to strengthen the supply chain network at the festival, organised as a grand finale to KCMA's golden jubilee celebrations. A recipe competition 'Swad Kaju Ka' would also be held at the festival to involve housewives and popularise its use in food.
Mr Rao said India was the world's largest processor, exporter and importer of cashews. The cashew industry in Karnataka had kept pace with the growth, though not to the desired level on account of poor raw material production. While the national export of this commodity was worth Rs 2,500 crore in 2004-05, Karnataka's share was a mere Rs 250 crore. However, the State was now on the threshold of increasing its production rapidly in the next five years.
He said there were 160 cashew industries in the State, all of them in the tiny sector and providing employment to over 40,000 women from the weaker sections of society in the coastal belt.