Meanwhile, according to the International Pepper Community (IPC) Indian pepper output is to improve in 2018 from that of the current year due to comparatively favourable weather conditions. Official sources have projected a total production of 64,000 tonnes at the recently concluded IPC session in Candy, Sri Lanka. The production estimate for 2017 was at 57,000 tonnes. Indian domestic demand next year has been put at 58,000 tonnes as against 55,000 tonnes this year. The exports would be up at 21,000 tonnes from 20,000 tonnes in 2017, official sources told Business Line.

According to them India would import 18,000 tonnes of pepper in 2018 as against 16,000 tonnes in 2017. Total world pepper production in 2018 is estimated at 4,45,150 tonnes against 4,60,499 tonnes in 2017 registering marginal decline of around 3 per cent. The combined domestic consumption in producing countries is estimated to move up to 1,80,905 tonnes in 2018 from 1,77,618 tonnes this year, they said.

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