Global production of pepper projected at 413,710 metric tonne in 2016: IPC meeting

India’s production pegged at 53,000 metric tonne

Mysuru, Nov 25: Global pepper production during 2016 is projected at 413,710 metric tonne as compared to the current year’s estimate of 4,07,155 metric tonne (MT), it was announced at the 43rd annual meet of the International Pepper Community here today.

“The projected increase in pepper production in 2016, thus, is around 9,000 MT as compared to the previous year,” IPC Chairman Dr A. Jayathilak said.

The export estimate for the current year has been pegged at 292,410 MT while the carry forward stock from 2015 to 2016 is likely to be 73,497 MT.  

“As against this situation, the global pepper export projection in 2016 is 312,535 MT and the carry forward stock is 56972 MT,” said Dr. Jayathilak, who also is Chairman of Spices Board, India that is hosting the three-day event that concluded here this evening.

The export projection for 2016 will be higher by around 18,000 MT as compared to the previous year, he noted.

The meeting collates figures provided by member countries of IPC to arrive at production, import, export and carry forward figures for pepper.

The IPC chairman said the carry forward stock in 2016 would be lower by around 17,000 MT as compared to the current year because of higher export and increased consumption of pepper, known as “The King of Spices”.

India’s production of pepper is likely to dip by 12,000 MT in 2016 as compared to the current year.

“Drought and untimely rains in major pepper-growing areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the major reasons for the project decline in production. Certain areas in Karnataka also suffered a decline in production due to pest infestations,” he informed.

Pepper production in India for the year 2016 has been projected at 53,000 MT as compared to the current year estimate of 65,000 MT. The import projection for the country during next year is 11,500 MT as compared to 10,000 MT. As for export, the figures are 21,500 MT and 28,000 MT, respectively.

The stock carry forward for the country during 2016 has been projected at 2,598 MT as against 9,598 MT in the current year.

India ranks third in global production of pepper after Vietnam and Indonesia.

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