Pepper growers in India fear that the output of the 2021-2022 crop year will decrease by 50% because of the prolonged rainy season, making it difficult for pepper plants to flower and bear fruit. This is creating opportunities for poor quality pepper to flock to this country in the near future.
According to the sheet The HinduPepper growers in Hassan, Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu districts of Karnataka state, India are worried that pepper production may drop sharply due to erratic weather.
Prolonged rains cause soil moisture to increase, affecting the ability of pepper plants to grow. Some growers fear that production in the 2021-2022 crop year will fall by 50%, compared with 65,000 tons in 2020-2021.
Mr. Prabhu, the owner of a pepper garden in Chikkamgaluru district, said: “Many plots of land, where the annual production is about 40 tons, this year may not be 10 tons. Consecutive rains make it difficult for pepper plants to flower and bear fruit. Meanwhile, the harvest season in February is approaching.
Mr. KR Keshava, Chairman of the Black Pepper Growers Association said that pepper plants need 40 days of “isolation” from the rainy season. However, this year, this gap is increasingly narrowing, affecting productivity and output of pepper.
Most pepper areas have lost their crops. Production is expected to drop sharply this year.
Currently, Indian pepper price is trading at 410 rupees/kg. With a decrease in output, pepper growers expect pepper prices to increase in the near future.
On the other hand, they are also concerned about the massive import of poor quality pepper if the government does not intervene.
“Although the association and people have repeatedly called on the government to tighten pepper imports, they have not taken any action,” Keshava said.
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