NEW DELHI, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Shrinking crop land plus farmers switching to
lucrative cash crops are likely to dampen global pepper production next year,
cautioned international growers.
The International Pepper Community (IPC) predicts 2011''s output would dip to
about 309,952 tonnes compared with this year''s production of 316,380 tonnes.
"Global pepper production is facing shortages following the shift in
cultivation from pepper to rubber on account of better rubber prices in
countries like Malaysia.
"In Indonesia, pepper growing areas are facing threat from tin mining which
is a profitable venture," said V.K. Kurian, Chairman of the Jakarta-based IPC.
Besides, attraction to cultivation of cocoa and incidence of disease were
other factors deterring pepper production, he noted.
Speaking at the recently-concluded 38th annual session of IPC, an
inter-governmental organisation of pepper producing countries, in Kochi,
Kerala, Kurian said, on the contrary, demand for the spice rose despite the
"Though production levels are down, there has been rise in consumption
pattern. Five per cent growth in consumption of pepper has been recorded despite
"Unlike in the earlier years, consumption of pepper is increasing in
some of the pepper producing countries," said Kurian, who is also the chairman
of Spices Board of India.
India is a major consumer of the spice while countries like Vietnam and
China have also recorded a rise in consumption.
Vietnam is the largest pepper producer with an annual output of 100,000
tonnes while Malaysia, with 25,000 tonnes, is the world''s fourth largest