M’sia set to re­main among top five pep­per pro­duc­ers

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KUCHING: Malaysia is ex­pected to pro­duce 31,000 tonnes of pep­per this year, seal­ing its po­si­tion as one of the prod­uct’s top five pro­duc­ers glob­ally.

Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said 17,100ha would be planted with pep­per plants.

He added that ex­ports were primed to reach 15,000 tonnes this year, from 12,199 tonnes in 2016. Ja­pan re­mains the top ex­port mar­ket at 1,580 tonnes or 27% of the ex­port to­tal.

“We will con­tinue to in­vest in re­search and devel­op­ment, in­tro­duce ad­vance tech­nol­ogy in farm­ing and en­cour­age small­hold­ers to in­crease pro­duc­tion to push the pep­per industry to a higher level,” Mah said when open­ing the Malaysian Pep­per Board (MPB) 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion and Pesta Lada 2017 here yes­ter­day.

Last year, the coun­try ex­ported RM490mil worth of pep­per-based prod­ucts, mainly to Ja­pan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Tai­wan and Sin­ga­pore.

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