Spices Board of India said the country's spices exports in the first
three months (April-June) of the current fiscal 2009-10 were down by
19% in volume terms to 1,22,515 tonnes. Exports during April-June 2008-09
stood at 1,50,920 tonnes.
Further, the board also said that
the losses were mainly led by decline in export volumes of pepper,
chilli and ginger.
Chilli registers decline of
31.64% in June 2009 due to poor demand from neighbouring countries
like Pakistan and Bangladesh. According to data provided by the
board, exports of chilli have dipped to 11,500 tonnes as against
16,825 tonnes in the corresponding month in 2008.
The board official said, "The
decline in shipment is mainly due to lack of exports to Pakistan,
which purchased 22,000 tonnes of chilli in the first quarter of
2008-09. Bangladesh has also declined considerably this year putting
a dent on the export figures."
Further, experts said that higher
prices compared to other producing countries, fall in production,
competition from China, which had bumper crop this year, might be
other reasons for the plunge in exports.