THE number of chili growers has dramatically increased in upper Myanmar, thanks to a high demand for the kitchen crop after watermelon and muskmelon this year.
“Local farmers have turned to chili this year than other crops because chili saw good price last year, while market for other crops was down”, said Ko Thit, a farmer from
Butalin, who grows chili this year. “ That’s why, local farmers put chili instead of peas under their farmland this year,” he added.
China’s demand for chili from Myanmar is high annually in winter season, but a species which is less spicy is popular for the Chinese market.
Chili has become popular since 2016, and this year saw the highest number of acres of chili, said chili grower U Myat from ChaungU.
Chili is a major agricultural crop in Myanmar. The ministry gave its nod to the re-export of chilies, but chili powder producers are unable to supply to foreign markets, despite importing raw materials from India.
Myanmar has some 400,000 acres of chili plantations, which produce at least 1 million tonnes of chillies. Domestic consumption is so high that only small volumes are exported to China and Thailand.
Myo Win Htun (Monywa)