‘Goa has more land under cashew cultivation than any other state’

An area of 55,000 hectares of the cashew crop is cultivated in Goa every year and the state has more land under cashew than any other state. This was revealed at an international conference on cashew titled 'Sustainable Cashew Production: Challenges and Opportunities' held in the city on Thursday.

Minister for agriculture, government of Jharkhand Satya Nand Jha inaugurated the conference in the presence of Goa tourism minister Dilip Parulekar.

Speaking on the occasion, Parulekar highlighted the efforts of cashew producers and cashew cultivators in the state and said the cashew crop which was introduced in Goa by the Portuguese, mainly to control soil erosion, has now become an important cash crop of Goa.

Stressing on the mechanization in farming, Parulekar said the Goa government is taking an interest in the latest trends in mechanization by adopting new techniques. He said several cashew varieties have evolved which are capable of giving a 15kg yield per tree and hence planting of high yielding varieties is a must for attaining high productivity levels. [TOI]