Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation plans to export 500 tonnes of chilli peppers to South Korea on a trial basis.
Officials from the ministry stated that the batch is being exported as a test, in order to assess the South Korean market for chilli peppers.
Most of the crop would be grown in Myanmar’s Nay Pyi Taw area, in an attempt to increase agricultural exports.
The ministry’s information officer U Win Hlaing Oo said the peppers are expected to be harvested in June, though the price per tonne is presently unknown. The peppers were earlier sold for US$3 per 1.6 kg in the nation’s capital Naypyidaw.
Although the nation’s agricultural sector has received significant support from the government, it has been a challenge to develop quality crops in a bid to meet international standards. There are currently two chilli plantations in the Ottra Thiri township of Nay Pyi Taw – one spans 50 acres and the other 20 acres.
Source: Far Eastern Agriculture