In 2012, the estimated cultivation area for cashew nut production in Ghana was around 75,000 hectares. This estimation was at about 73,000 hectares in 2011. The increase was attributed to the GOG's (Government of Ghana) commitment to make land available to farmers interested in the cultivation of cashews. Previously, the estimated agricultural area for the cultivation of cashew nuts had increased from 59,000 hectares in 2006 to 73,000 hectares in 2011.
Cashew is cultivated mostly as a small crop in Ghana and the commercial plantation sector is quite small. Roughly eighty-eight percent of cashew farms in the country are owned by small farmers, whose land size ranges from 0.8 hectares to three hectares. Meanwhile, large plantations represent twelve percent of cashew farms and range between four and forty hectares. Cashew plantations are integrated into the traditional polyculture system. The actual area covered by young cashew trees during their first three years is negligible. The space available is enough for intensive intercropping with short-cycle annual food crops.
Ghanan cashews are amongst the most nutritious in the world. They are characterized by their
The main product of the cashew is the kernel, which is the edible part of the nut. It is consumed either directly by the consumer in the form of roasted nuts, or else in the form of confectionery and baked products. These days, it is even being spread on bread in the form of cashew butter.
The poor management of harvest and post-harvest practices can lead not just to the loss of cashew crops, but also to the poor nutritional quality of the cashew kernels. This is precisely why we at SCashews take every process of the cashew production and supply cycle, right from harvest and drying to storage, packaging and shipping, very seriously, making no compromises whatsoever. We have earned our reputation for being one of the most highly reputed suppliers of raw, processed Ghana cashew nuts, through -
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