Farmers to Increase Sowing Area for Growing Chilli
With the price of chilli rising sharply, chilli growers in Andhra Pradesh aim to increase the sowing area for the next crop. The shortfall in harvested crop and rising demand from neighbouring countries such as China, have raised the price of chilli to a new peak. At Rs 150 per kg, the price of premium quality chillies is the highest ever in its history.
Ravipati Peraiah, MD of Vijayakrishna Spice Farm was quoted saying, "Farmers were initially planning a 30 percent increase in acreage, which is expected to begin in July after the monsoon sets in." With Chilli being the largest exported spice, the prospects look bright in India. Currently, Andhra Pradesh stands first in the list of major chilli producing states in India. Earlier, the deficient rains were expected to push down output by 25 percent to 30 percent. But the final estimate after the harvest was that crop will be short only by 15 percent.
"In Guntur, cold storages would have 50 lakh bags (each bag of 35-40kg) while there will be another 70 lakh bags from other centres of Andhra Pradesh. If the monsoon is good as the reports say, then prices may come down," said Venkat Rosaiah, president of Guntur Chilli Commission Agents Association.