CEA supports dialogue between government and cashew stakeholders
In recent years, the cashew sector is facing marketing difficulties. For prove, the 2018 commercial campaign was the most catastrophic. The planters and traders could not export their products. The main cashew markets for Benin cashew nuts, Vietnam and India, remained closed.
To date, the residual stock estimated at 35,000 tons remain unsold, while the country has only a processing capacity estimated at 30% of total production (estimated at about 134,000 tons per year). This commercial shock prompted the government to intensify the dialogue with non-state actors in the sector. The two parties, under the technical and financial support from ICCO Cooperation and Technoserve, spent two days in Parakou, the northern of the country, making the diagnosis and commitments. It was in the presence of the Minister in charge of Trade and Industry, Mr Serge AHISSOU who was joined by his colleague of agriculture, Mr Gaston DOSSOUHOUI. The government has made a commitment to validate two decrees that will regulate more clearly the cashew marketing rules in Benin.
On the picture: Technoserve representative, Minister for Trade and Industry AHISSOU and ICCO representative