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CASHEW APPLE CASH IN THE BIN
Presented at the National Cashew Association of Nigeria Conference, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria on February 29, 2016 by Kehinde Yisa, Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

I thank God for this opportunity to present this paper at  this conference today, It is a privilege that is rare to come-by considering the caliber of people and experience in an area so well known to them. I thank God for making cashew, in my perspective, a twin of the palm tree for no other reason than its all round usefulness.

How true can this be? I will not belabour us on the value of cashew nut which is of economic importance at the world market, or the oil of the nut shell being utilized by many industries for production of lubrication oil etc.

The leaves have been found to be medicinal in the treatment of hypotension and bronchitis. It is also useful as natural toothpaste. The bark is known for its use as a contraceptive and  in the treatment of diarrhea, fluid retention, nerve and memory problems.(1)

Uses of cashew apple

The cash in the bin is the apple otherwise known as a false fruit. Many authors have proposed that less than 10% of cashew is being utilized in Nigeria and indeed in other places where cashew is produced.(2) On a personal note, I think it is not an exaggeration to say less than 2% of cashew apple is profitably used in Nigeria, this is worth investigating!

Cashew apple can be eaten raw or used as jam, preserves, chutney, juice, liquor, dietary fibre , in confectionaries, bioethanol fuel and as feed ingredient in livestock industry.

The juice has been known for its medicinal properties in the relief of sore throat and chronic dysentery in Cuba and Brazil. It has diuretic and sudorific properties. The brandy is used as a liniment in the relief of pain of rheumatism and neuralgia.

Its uses in Nigeria

The Punch Newspaper caption of January11, 2015 reads ‘Farmers lament wastage of cashew apple’.  How long shall this be? Farmers may not be able to go into production of the juice, liquor or bioethanol fuel given all the required technicalities and huge cost involvement. What about simply drying cashew apple pulp for livestock feed?

My research

The cost of feed is a major problem in the livestock industry in Nigeria as well as in other parts of the world. Maize contributes significantly to this regarding the quantity required in feed formulation as a major source of energy in poultry feed. My work seeks to find the possible level of inclusion of dried cashew pulp in poultry diet in replacement of maize.

The expected outcome of this is the production of a worldwide feed ingredient which will improve the value of cashew (rescuing some cash from the bin), increased income for the cashew farmers, increased employment opportunities, foreign exchange earnings and reduction in price of poultry products.

Drying cashew apple pulp for use in livestock feed on a commercial scale will be one way to rescue some of the cashew cash from the bin.

The road to achieving the expected outcome is collaboration with all the stakeholders in the cashew value chain. I wish you all a successful deliberation.

Thanks and God bless you.

 

Reference

Morton, J. 1987. Fruits of Warm  Climates.  p 239-240

Oduwole O.O, Akinwale T.O and Olubamiwa O.,(2001).Economic evaluation of a locally fabricated extraction machine for a cottage cashew juice factory. The Journal of Food Technology in Africa

 

CONTACT:

Kehinde Yisa                                                           Phone : +2348132348422, +234705556366

Department of Animal Science                                   E-mail: zakeimjoy@gmail.com                           

University of Ibadan

Ibadan

Nigeria

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Protocols,                      

I am delighted to be part of this unique occasion of the National Cashew Festival and awards as well as Annual Flag-Off to mark the beginning of 2016 Nigerian Cashew Trading Season. This is one of the initiatives of National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) to consolidate on the gains recorded so far in the cashew industry. I am indeed encouraged by the passion demonstrated by the stakeholders in cashew industry.

2.     Our presence here today is an indication that we are ready to embrace the change in the industrial sector through the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) as a key towards diversifying our economy for growth that will translate to the general well-being of our people. I am therefore delighted to be part of this remarkable gathering representing our resolve to redirect our economy from dependence

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Protocol

I am delighted to be here in your midst today to deliver the keynote address at this National Cashew Festival. Your decision to hold this festival is both appropriate in the choice of time and place. The timing is apt as Nigeria is currently passing through a period of economic transition, accompanied by dwindling fortunes from oil revenue. The choice of Ilorin is appropriate as it is situated in one of the agro-ecological zones notable for cashew production. With the global downturn in the oil economy, it is most fitting and proper for Nigeria to take a hard look at the non-oil economy and begin to unlock the latent potential in it. Thankfully, Nigeria is blessed with abundant non-oil resources, particularly in agriculture, and these have been playing a significant part in the economy of Nigeria in recent time.

Agriculture alone has been recorded as contributing as much as 42 per cent to Nigeria’s annual GDP, and agricultural commodities traded at high volume in t

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