Ivory Coast has cut the 2019 farm gate price for cashews to 375 CFA francs ($0.65) per kilogram from 500 CFA francs, the head of the state cotton and cashew council said on Wednesday.
The new price is 25% lower than last year because we have taken account of the international context, council director Adama Coulibaly said.
He also forecast a rise in production to 800,000 tonnes this season from 761,000 tonnes in 2018.
Last year, international prices for cashews fell sharply and exporters in Ivory Coast paid less that the state-imposed price.
Minimum Guaranteed Price
Cashew farmer Lacina Tuo said he was happy with the minimum guaranteed price.
"If there are people paying at this price, we will have money. We struggled last year to sell," he said by phone from his farm near the northern town of Tafire.
The cashew marketing season in Ivory Coast, the world's top producer, opened officially on 15 February and will close in late December.