The Directorate of Cashewnut & Cocoa Development (DCCD) is a national agency primarily engaged in the overall development of Cashew and Cocoa in India.
Cocoa(Theobroma cacao L.) a native of Amazon base of South America got its entry into India in the early half of the twentieth century. Administratively it is conferred plantation status like coffee, tea and rubber but is seldom recognized as a plantation crop under the Indian Agrarian Administrative Sector. It is also one of the supporter of Agro-based industry in India. Cocoa beans is the primary raw material for confectioneries, beverages, chocolates and other edible products.