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.