Cashew shells are the main product from cashew processing, while at an earlier stage also cashew fruits are being produced. Both by-products need proper valorisation to improve circularity and local profitability of the cashew chain. Cashew shells remain after the kernel is extracted. Different options exist for processing the shells generally focusing on extraction of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) and press cake or de-oiled shells. Practical implementation of higher added value applications is limited. Energy applications are currently an attractive option especially in view of charcoal use, leading to deforestation. Conversion of the residue to pellets would make it into a tradable commodity.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/21 → 31/12/21|