The next wave of Covid has dampened the spirits of the cashew processing sector, which was searching ahead to a far better 20201 right after being battered by the very first wave last yr.

Highlighting the pattern in use, K Prakash Rao, Lover at the Mangaluru-based Kalbavi Cashews and former Chairman of the Mangaluru chapter of CII, explained to BusinessLine that the demand from customers for dry fruits experienced absent up throughout the entire world publish-very first Covid wave.

“We have to presume that people are searching to eat balanced things, most likely with an eye on boosting immunity. The use for almonds and cashews is definitely increasing incredibly rapid,” he said, including that Europe has been increasing at all-around eight-eight.five for every cent on an regular, and India at all-around 4-five for every cent. While creation was disrupted last yr, the cashew sector right here nonetheless managed to witness development.

“In this track record, we have been anticipating that the 2021 period would be clean for us and we would be searching at a incredibly optimistic period. Sad to say, the next wave hit us all over again in March and it was all over again during our procurement period,” he said.

Procurement

Rao said the price ranges have been steady for raw cashew nuts in East and West Africa and in India this yr. West Africa commenced featuring at $one,350 a tonne for Benin origin. In India, the market opened virtually at ₹110-one hundred fifteen a kg.

With the arrival of the crop in the region during April-May, price ranges underwent correction and dropped to ₹100-one hundred and five a kg. On the other hand, the abnormal pre-monsoon showers early in the period weakened the crop. The price ranges also dropped as the high quality also affected, he said.

This yr, the price ranges of raw cashew nuts (RCN) averaged all-around ₹125 a kg in Goa, at ₹115 in Maharashtra, all-around ₹105 in Kerala, and about ₹95-one hundred and five a kg in Karnataka.

Rao said the crop bought washed absent during April-May. “Many people say that is the cause why we may see a drop in the seed volumes by virtually 20 for every cent,” he said.

This may impression the pricing of the cashew kernels and the availability of RCNs, if the marketplace functions normally.

If Vietnam and India are unable to method cashew in the course of the yr due to the Covid pandemic, then the 20 for every cent lack may not definitely make a difference. “But at this position of time, we are anticipating that most of the Indian makers have not included their prerequisite further than August,” he said, hinting price ranges hardening for the raw cashew nuts if Covid is not brought beneath handle.

Vietnam imports

To a question on the import state of affairs for raw cashew nuts, Prakash Rao said there are no consolidated figures as of now. On the other hand, Vietnam has definitely greater its imports by virtually 20-25 for every cent. “That is a significant number we are viewing from them, which usually means India has imported a lot significantly less than what it did in the last yr,” he said, including that cashew makers in India normally method about one.five million tonnes a yr. But if Vietnam’s aggressive import continues, then Indian processing may go down to one.3-one.4 million tonnes, he said.

India is possessing substantial problems receiving items from Africa to India simply because of non-availability of containers at vacation spot in Africa, and the ocean freights have virtually doubled in a lot of voyages. This has also impacted the imported seed price ranges, he said.

Subraya Pai, former President of Karnataka Cashew Manufacturers’ Association (KCMA), said that the imported nuts are turning into costlier working day by working day simply because of Vietnam’s large purchase in Africa. Considering that Vietnam does not have serious Covid problems, it has greater the creation swiftly and is catering to export marketplaces, he said.

Consumption

Prakash Rao said however there was no national lockdown in India, the States took their conclusions of locking down specific metropolitan areas which experienced higher positivity prices.

Some of the important marketplaces these types of as Jaipur (Rajasthan), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Mumbai and Delhi are in lockdown at this position of time.

Even however there are channels wherever demand from customers exists, logistics partners are procedure entirely. Even the door-to-door courier services are experiencing a whole lot of problems. They are not able to produce the items in their transshipment points simply because of the lockdowns. Their warehouses are whole and that is the cause why they are now not operational, he said.

Santosh D’Silva, President of KCMA, said that the profits of ‘brokens’ quality bought dented due to the curtailment and cancellation of weddings and other these types of celebrations. On the other hand, profits of ‘wholes’ quality have been on a very good upswing due to increasing consciousness of the health positive aspects of cashew. He said processors from Mangaluru have been also able to change their profits from the bulk packs to purchaser packs. Minimal kernel shares, both of those in the production units and at the use centres, held the kernel market buoyant and active, he said.

Subraya Pai said that virtually just about every Point out manufacturing cashew – Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal – is beneath lockdown.

Considering that the consuming States are also badly hit by Covid, it is incredibly tough to predict the future, he included.