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Value added pepper exports to boost income - Minister

The government has taken measures to establish pepper-based value added industries as a long term measure to boost pepper production and exports and ensure remunerative prices for pepper growers.

Co-cabinet Spokesman Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said this in response to a question at the weekly cabinet media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department.

Minister Pathirana said the reason for the drop in market price in the local and international market was due to the increase in the pepper harvest and the loss of market opportunities in the Indian market for Sri Lankan pepper.

He said that the re-exportation of pepper was completely banned from November 2019 and as a result of that, pepper prices in the domestic market had increased tremendously. "But as a result of the increase of pepper harvest in most of the pepper producing countries including Vietnam, we have not been able to get a good price for our produce," he said.

"Local pepper exporters used to export pepper in raw form. So we have decided to produce pepper based value added products to meet the demand in the international market.

We have also taken measures to produce chemicals extracted from pepper and export them to the USA and European countries." Dr. Pathirana said.

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