Sri Lanka to hold international pepper conference in Colombo

Aug 17, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to hold the 40th International pepper conference in Colombo later this, Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. Sri Lanka produces some of the best high quality sought after pepper, which have been sought after buy foreign citizens for centuries.

Pepper is cultivated over an area of 32,800 hectares in the island with Matale, Kandy, Kegalle, Kurunegala and Nuwara Eliya being major districts of cultivation, spice council data shows. The International Pepper Conference, established under the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia Pacific is set o kick off on 30th October in partnership with Indonesia.

Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka are the major pepper producing countries which have permanent membership of the conference.

Sri Lanka produced 26,500 tons of pepper last year and earned 30.7 million dollars in export revenue.

Sri Lanka has been pushing to relax a 2,600 ton volume ceiling on pepper exports to India.