The Cashew Research Station, Madakkathara under the Kerala Agricultural University was established on 01-05-1973. Presently this is one of the eight Centres of the All India Co-ordinated Cashew Improvement Pro-ject. The Cashew Research Station, Madakkathara is located in Madakkathara Village of Trichur taluk in Trichur district. The station is situated at a distance of 1.50km away from Mannuthy on the left side of Mannuthy -Chirakkakode road. The total area of the farm is 47ha (22.25ha planted with cashew and 1ha under building and roads). Mandate of the Station
The lead function of the centre is research on cashew. The All India Co-ordinated Cashew Improvement Project is functioning at this centre from 1973.
Five cashew cultivars were released for cultivation from this centre. They are Madakkathara-1, Madakkathara-2, Kanaka, Dhanya and Priyanka.
The techniques of epi-cotyl and `soft wood' grafting in cashew have been standardised. Layering medium for air layering has been standardised.
Fertilizer schedule for cashew has been recommended.
Spraying schedules for the control of `tea mosquito', `stem borer' etc. in cashew were evolved and recommended.