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How does the processing work in Ghana?

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Value Chain Overview
Oct 22, 2021
Edited By
Seujin Jang
Oct 22, 2021
Edited By
Seujin Jang
Cashew nuts in Ghana are dried under the sun and then packed. Suppliers usually have contracted buyers and do not keep stocks. Sometimes, suppliers buy from other suppliers to meet demand.

-Main producing regions are (from biggest to smallest):(Brong-Ahafo/Afram Plains > Northern region > Upper West region > Upper East region > Coastal Savanna)

-The peak season for selling is from January to May.

-Production goes down during the rainy season because the cashew nuts have to be dried under the sun.

-Cashew nuts are dried under the sun and then packed

-95% of cashew nuts from Ghana is exported in the shell so there isn’t much processing needed

-When the order comes in, cashew nuts are brought out from the warehouse. It’s not possible to get fresh harvests as these have to be dried prior to packing.

-Usually, there isn't much stock left as the suppliers usually already have contracted buyers. Moreover, the suppliers do not want to hold stocks.

-This is why the price is quite high during the non-harvest season.

-Sometimes, suppliers buy from other suppliers to meet demand. 

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