Brazil Gives Haiti Cashew Factory as a Gift

Brazil's cashew tree A mini-factory for processing cashew nut that was built and donated by Brazilians is being used by a Haitian cooperative. Installed in December 2008, the plant was developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and donated to the cooperative by the federal government.

According to the state-owned corporation, the model enables low-cost production and should allow entry into the market of small farmers who currently supply only raw cashew nut to large industries.

In the beginning, the processing plant should benefit 700 people from Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, located 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the Haitian capital, Port-Au-Prince.

However, to researcher Fábio Paiva, of Embrapa Tropical Agroindustry, headquartered in the Brazilian northeastern city of Fortaleza, the Brazilian action may provide an incentive to other actions along the same lines. He was in Haiti from December 6 to 19 to accompany the installation of the equipment.

"In that region there are many NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that possess resources and can purchase new mini-factories. We regard this project as a showcase unit, aimed at encouraging production. We hope that the private initiative and the government will also be motivated and replicate the model in the country, which is in need of help right now," said Paiva.

The average cost of a plant similar to the one that was donated by the Brazilian government is US$ 60,000.

According to the researcher, presently, cashew nuts are processed under inadequate sanitary conditions. Nevertheless, the Haitians get a good price for the product, approximately US$ 20 per kilogram (2.2 lbs).

With the new technology, cashew nuts will gain better quality. The equipment boasts rates of up to 85% of whole nuts, whereas with mechanized cutting at traditional plants, the rate is 55%.

Paiva stated that the mini-factory is also capable of processing bananas, adding greater value to the fruit, widely produced in Haiti. With regard to raw cashew nuts, the daily processing capacity is 500 kilograms (1,102 lbs). After the installation, 30 people from the community were trained to operate the equipment.

The cooperation project, named Technology Transfer in Cashew Nut Production and Processing Systems, is coordinated by the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), by the Brazilian Embassy in Haiti and by the Haitian government, by means of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, with funds from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).



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  • Tom Miller

    I have had an interest in all things Haitian for a number of years and I didn’t know that the climate & soils allowed cashew production in Haiti. What an interesting idea. I like cashews. First of all thank you to the people of Brazil for sending a) UN peacekeepers and b) hope on the form of an economic idea. Secondly, it’s so refreshing to see evidence that the developed world is finally beginning to believe that the security situation on Haiti is being brought under control and the next phase of assistance ie: economic development, can begin in earnest. For all of your readers who aren’t aware of the fact, Haiti is like a beautiful young woman who has been passed around from man to man until she has lost all self-respect, confidence and feels profoundly unclean. But if she is given a bath, clean clothes and a week of nutritious meals she will again become a beautiful woman, at last in a spiritual sense. I only wish that My country , CANADA, could find the will to spend 1/10 of what it is spending in Afghanistan on economic development in Haiti. $1,000,000,000CDN would go a long way to solving the problems of 9,000,000 human beings. Kudos to Brazil – read these words Prime Minister Harper.

  • Kayode

    Contact Details of the Haitian Cooperative
    This looks interesting.Does anyone have the contact details of the cooperative in Grande Riviere du Nord (Recipient of the Cashew Mill gift)?… I would like to do a video news report on the mill.Thank you for your assistance in linking me up..I currently live in HAITI

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    why send it to Haiti
    when all over PB,PE, RGN , you have thousands of brasilians burning the nuts
    and selling them on the road side ,
    what a waste of time it is for thies people with double the work and the loss of all the
    oil from the nuts , that is more expinsive htan the nuts themselves .

    Granted the people of Haiti need some sort of normal life with there so called government
    and way of life .
    i have been there several times and see such a waste of mankind due to the theft by
    government officals ,it is hard to get a foot up when you are starving and every thing you grow you have to eat
    just to survive .
    and with brasil there feeding the left party it may not get better soon . with there militart wanting to spend 10 years there if
    nessary .
    and yet lula demands the US pull out of iraq and isral out of gaza ?????

    the US disarmed the country years ago but gangs and police rearmed the public
    UN food & schools is what Haiti needs now

  • ch.c.

    What an articles written by a Brazilian idiot…as usual !
    “Nevertheless, the Haitians get a good price for the product, approximately US$ 20 per kilogram (2.2 lbs). “

    More than doubtful the farmer or the mini-mill get that price of US$ 20.- per kilo .when prices are LOWER….at retailers in developed countries. Meaning including the other Intermediaries, transports, packaging, and then the profits…for all these Intermediaries & the Retailer !

    Looks like the Idiot reporter mixed up between Haitian Dollars and U.S. Dollars !
    1 Haitian Dollar is worth 5 Haitian Gourdes.
    These days 40 Haitian Gourdes are worth 1 US$
    Meaning 20 Haitian Dollars (or 100 Haitian Gourdes) are worth US$ 2,50

    Just a “small” Brazilian confusion ending up at prices 8 times LOWER !!!!
    But knowing the “well” educated Brazilians got their University Degree in Detergent Packs…. it is quite Normal !!!!

    Junkies will remain Junkies.

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

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