Last updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Vietnam Produces 50 per cent of World's Pepper Output


Vietnam has become the world's largest pepper exporter, accounting for 50 per cent of commercial pepper output in the world, ranking ahead of India and Indonesia, according to Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA) at a meeting for the 2005-2007 term on January 24.


Far exceeding runner-ups India and Indonesia, Vietnam shipped around 110,000 tons of the products at US$150 million last year, representing an increase of 48.5 per cent and 42.6 per cent on-year, respectively, said Do Ha Nam, acting chairman of the VPA at the meeting.


Meanwhile, other big exporters in the world witnessed decreases in their export amounts. India sold only 55,000 tons abroad, Indonesia sold 53,000 tons and Malaysia sold 25,000 tons in 2004.


From 1998 to 2003, Vietnam’s pepper industry had an annual growth of 64 per cent in its total output and 56.5 per cent in its export amount. The price of Vietnamese black pepper also slightly rose to US$1,200 per ton now from US$1,160 in late 2004, Nam said.


The success in pepper export growth was attributed to the country’s harvesting time of four to five months earlier than other countries, said Tran Duc Tung, an official in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


The VPA will strive to become a member of the International Pepper Community (IPC) this year and establish trademarks for Chu Se pepper in central highlands Gia Lai province and Phu Quoc pepper in southern Kien Giang province.


Vietnam in 2004 cultivated around 51,300 hectares of pepper trees, up by 8,000 hectares against 2003, yielding 100,000 tons of pepper products. (VNA, Vnexpress.net)

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