Western and Central Africa
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Wednesday, 03 Jul. 2013
Brazilian group USIBRAS is increasingly involved in African cashew trade and processing; it imports raw cashew from Ghana, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso for processing in Brazil and is also establishing itself as a major West African processor.
Its subsidiary USIBRAS Ghana started the construction of a US$ 15 million cashew primary processing plant near Accra. The fully mechanized plant will start operation in 2014, will produce 35,000 tons of cashew kernels and create 2,000 direct jobs. Cashew shells will be used as fuel in a second phase. The largest part of cashew kernels will be exported for roasting in the group's roasting factory in New Jersey and further sold to the market in the United States of America or in Europe.
The group envisages working together with ACA and the government to increase cashew production and farmers' incomes. An increase in cashew farming sustainability is foreseen by raising productivity through pruning, avoiding the cutting of native trees and the manufacture of charcoal from the wood.