DB Original/ Tirupati Balaji may save Kerala’s sinking cashew industry, may purchase 1000 tonnes of cashew annually

  • Kerala cashew industry in loss, about 800 small cashew industries closed
  • Cashew will be purchased from Kerala for laddus offered as Tirupati Balaji’s Prasad
  • Daily consumption of cashew in Tirupati is 3000 kg and 1000 tonnes is consumed annually
  • There will be an agreement between Kerala and Andhra governments

Thiruvananthapuram: The cashew industry of Kerala has been going through a severe crisis for the last few years. In the last 5 years, about 800 small industries have closed down or are on the verge of closure. In such a situation, the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation has approached the Andhra Pradesh government to supply cashew for the Tirupati Balaji temple. The Kerala government has also prepared a contract with the Andhra government through the Corporation (KSCDC). Under this, cashew will be purchased from Kerala for Laddu Prasadam to be made in Tirupati Balaji.

3 tonnes of cashew is used daily in making Laddus Prasadam: Large quantities of Laddus Prasadam are made daily in Tirupati Balaji. Approximately 3000 kg or 3 tonnes of cashew is used in it every day. Consumption is around 90 tonnes a month and around 1000 tonnes a year. Presently, it is purchased by Tirupati Tirumala Trust through cashew tenders. After contracting with KSCDC in a few weeks, all this cashew will be purchased from the Corporation of Kerala.

Many small cashew industries have closed: Cashew production has increased in countries like Vietnam. It is the main reason for the slowdown in the country’s cashew industry. The cashew industry of Tanzania is also growing rapidly. Due to this, both cashew production and consumption of Kerala has declined sharply. The decline can be gauged from the fact that in the last 4-5 years many small industries have been closed due to this recession. This year the Kerala government has announced some schemes and tried to save it. Fisheries and Cashew Development Minister of Kerala J. Mercykutty Amma is representing the government in this entire matter.

12000 employees will get relief: There are about 12000 people in the cashew corporation of Kerala. Their livelihood is associated with the production of cashew. These employees and farmers will get a lot of relief after the contract with Tirupati temple. At this time, the financial condition of the corporation is also not very good. According to the interim audit report, there is a loss of around 6 crores every month. If the contract for the supply of 90 tonnes of cashew is received every month from Tirupati temple, this contract will be a big win for KSCDC.

Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Managing Director, Kerala Cashew Corporation

Good news can come in a few weeks: Rajesh Ramakrishnan, managing director of the cashew corporation of Kerala, told the Bhaskar APP that the governments of the two states (Kerala and Andhra Pradesh) are talking on this issue. If all goes well, then in a few weeks, cashew industry of Kerala can receive very good news from Tirupati temple. The contract of 1000 tonne annual cashew supply will provide security to the corporation’s economic condition and the job of 12 thousand employees.

(Story by Nitin R Upadhyaya)