The Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd will begin trial export of tender arecanut to China by August.
This follows a recent visit by a delegation of Campco to China to study the arecanut market there.
Addressing presspersons in Mangaluru on Tuesday, SR Satishchandra, President of Campco, said that a memorandum of understanding between Campco and the China-based company – Kou Wei Wang – has decided to initially process and export two tonnes of tender arecanut to China on a trial basis. This will be shipped by August.
Before that, a team of experts from the Chinese company will visit India in July to impart training on processing and standardisation of products of its requirements.
Suresh Bhandary, Managing Director of Campco, said that the cooperative has selected tender arecanuts from Thondamuthur in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala for the trial consignment.
The company prefers elongated tender arecanuts for its products. For this consignment, 4.5-month-old tender arecanuts from these two regions will be used, he said.
The former Campco President, K Padmanabha, who was part of the delegation to China, said that around 20 companies in China are involved in the manufacture of arecanut mouth fresheners. Kou Wei Wang needs tender arecanut to meet its demands in the Chinese market. The Central and State governments should arrange a study tour for select arecanut growers to China. The growers can understand the processing and standardisation requirements of the Chinese market, he said.
Source : BusinessLine