Cashew is gaining the momentum as a plantation crop in India due to ever increasing internal as well as export demands.. Farmers, of late, are realizing its potential and advantages over other plantation crops. The crop has three produces viz. cashew nut, cashew apple and Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL). Traditionally it is grown in both west and east coasts of the country. However, in recent times, it has made inroads in to even plain areas. The present production in India is around 7 lakh tones with a productivity of 710 kg/ha. However the national requirement is around 15-20 lakh tones.
In order to increase the production and productivity of cashew, ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research in Karnataka is working as the nodal center with 14 All India Coordinated Research Centers for Cashew (AICRP-Cashew) spread across different states of the country. The AICRP centers are working on crop improvement, management and protection aspects to develop technologies suitable to their respective regions
This website is intended to give brief information on the history, mandate, activities and achievements of AICRP-Cashew and its centers.