Areca company Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Co-operative Limited (CAMPCO) has shipped its first consignment of processed tender arecanuts to China.
The shipment, dispatched from Chennai port yesterday, is as per the agreement made earlier by the Chinese mouth freshener company ‘Kou Wei Wang’, CAMPCO said in a release.
Kou Wei Wang had sent their representatives to check the quality of arecanuts produced in India. After verification by the team, they approached CAMPCO for their produce, the city-based firm said.
A CAMPCO delegation also visited China and held talks with the (Chinese) company in June this year.
After a trial shipment made by CAMPCO, Kou Wei Wang gave the green signal to send more shipments in larger quantities, it said.
Select tender arecanut from Shivamogga, Puttur and Coimbatore regions have been processed by CAMPCO at nearby Puttur and after certifying the quality of the produce at the Plant Quarantine Laboratory of the union government, the consignment was exported.
This step is a move towards the economic development of the arecanut farmers, it said adding that China has a very good demand for processed tender arecanut. Based on the success of this consignment, arecanut growers would be benefited.
S R Satishchandra, president of the cooperative and Suresh Bhandary M, Managing Director, were present during the flagging off of the first export consignment, it added.