In Benin, the conditions for commercialization of cashew nuts for the 2022-2023 season were unveiled this Wednesday, March 15, following the Council of Ministers.
The opening of the cashew commercialization season is set for Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Natitingou and its closing is scheduled for October 31, 2023, according to the account of the Council of Ministers of this Wednesday, March 15, 2023. To this end, the executive
invites “the different actors to organize themselves in order to guarantee its success, in the best interests of all”.
As a prelude to this launch, the balance sheet of the previous campaign made by the government reveals that the quantity of raw cashew nuts produced amounts to 215,809 tons from which 159,898 tons are exported.
In addition, out of an installed processing capacity of 60,800 tons outside the Glo-Djigbé Special Economic Zone, ten of the fourteen plants worked and processed 17,700 tons. while the quantity of white almonds for export is 1187 tons.
Thus, for the current campaign, the needs expressed by local processors increase to 119,400 tons of raw nuts. The latter have expressed the wish to have an exclusive period at the beginning of the campaign to obtain supplies of raw nuts.
Furthermore, the Council recalls that “unless express permission, the export of cashew nuts by land is prohibited. The raw cashew nut is indeed prohibited from being exported, as of April 1, 2024. The Beninese government made this decision by Decree No. 2022-214 of March 30, 2022 on the conditions for the 2021-2022 cashew nut marketing year.