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  • Goa cashew farmers find Urrak brewing uneconomical as crop fetches low price 03/18/2024

    Mar 18th, 2024

    Cashew farmers in Goa have been unenthusiastic about brewing the seasonal Urrak drink from the fruit this year as they claim these nuts has been fetching a low price in the market. The seasonal business of harvesting cashew across hills of the coastal state has become uneconomical for them, they said, adding the government should address their concerns. An official from the Goa agriculture department said there has been a low ... Urrak, an alcoholic brew, is distilled during the summer months of March to May from ripe cashew apples while the nuts (which are part of the fruit) are sold by farmers in the market. Gauresh Velip, who along with his three friends has taken a cashe... The cashew plantation occupies the largest area among horticulture crops in the state, according to the ICAR. Rupesh Velip, a leader of the Scheduled Tribe community from South Goa, said the government should address concerns of the cashew harvester... “The wholesale purchase of raw cashew nuts costs them (industries) as low as Rs 50 per kg,” he said. He, however, agreed that in the terms of taste, Goa’s cashews are the best and are in demand among tourists. A decrease in the number of cashew pro...