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  Among the Agricultural - Horticultural commodities getting export from India, Cashew retain top position. Cashew cultivation is confined to peninsular India. Kerala State stood first in the extent of area under cashew. But with the expansion of area under Rubber, large area under cashew in the northern District were converted to Rubber plantation, and at present Kerala Stands 5th among other sates viz., Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. There are around 800 registered Cashew nut processing units in Kerala employing around 3 lakhs Workers of which 95% are women. The cashew industry is facing problem related to availability of raw nuts. The down fall in the domestic production of raw nut has lead to this situation. The easiest way to overcome the situation is to bring more area under cashew by encouraging farmers to adopt cashew cultivation in their lands and also in homesteads, barren lands under the procession of Government and Public Sector undertaking, schools, offices etc.

For implementation of the expansion of Cashew Cultivation, the Ministry formed an Agency “Kerala State Agency For the Expansion of Cashew Cultivation” (KSACC) with Headquarters at Kollam, in the year 2007 vide GO (Ms) 55/2007/ID dated 26.4.2007.

Sri. Savitha Dutt T.S., Special Officer (Cashew) is the Chairman of the Agency and 15 members comprising of representatives of leading Political Parties and Officials of Govt. Departments and PSUs constitute the Governing Body.
 
   
     
 
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