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Cashew Processing and Its Economic Potential

Cashew is a seasonal fruit grown in Kaduna, Abia, Kogi, Enugu, Kwara, Oyo, Niger, Imo, and Abuja FCT Nigeria. Nigeria produces 98,291MT nuts with shell with an approximate average yield of 0.84MT/Ha. It is a succulent one, though it is highly perishable, and is highly sought after in the Nigerian market. Its fleshy pulp and nuts can be eaten and it’s very nutritional as it a good source of protein and contains also selenium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6.