Problems And Prospects Of Cashew Based Industry In Kerala
Cashew industry is considered as an important agro based industry in the sense that it uses primary product like cashew for processing. The Cashew nut processing industries are playing an imperative role in the Indian food processing industry. Cashew is considered as the poor man’s crop and rich man’s food. The cashew processing industry is a major source of livelihood for a large number people. Cashew processing is a labour intensive industry more than three lakh persons are directly employed of whom 95 percent are women from socially and economically backward communities in rural areas. The present paper examines as an agro based industry the position with which cashew attain and also look into the major problems and prospects of cashew industry.
Key words: cashew, agro based industry, labour intensive industry.