16 January 2008

Chilli export is red-hot, may rise by 28 per cent

India is likely to export a record 190,000 tonnes of red chilli in 2007-08, a 28% increase, due to strong demand from competing countries, an official from the Spices Board said.

India and China are the largest exporters of chillies in the world with 25% and 24% share in total global exports, respectively. The official said, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been the main buyers of the spice in 2007-08.

"Presently, there is a shortage of good quality chilli. But from February new arrivals will increase in the spot market and export also (will increase)," the Spices Board official said.

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