Goan Cashew : GI Tag

  • Goan cashew (kernel) got the geographical indication (GI) tag.
  • Cashew is one of the most important plantation crops in India
  • Cashew was native to northeast Brazil in Latin America and was introduced to Goa by
    the Portuguese in the 16th century (1570).
  • At the time of its introduction on Indian coasts, cashew was known mainly as a crop for
    afforestation and soil conservation.
  • In the state of Goa, it occupies the largest area among horticultural crops.
  • The cultivation of this crop is being extended to non-traditional areas in the plains of
    Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and some parts of North East hill region