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Chilli production up

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Production of chillies in the State reached the highest in five years at 8.31 lakh metric tonnes in 2009-10 from 2.07 lakh hectares. The yield per hectare is 4.023 tonnes, according to information furnished by the Spices Board regional office here.

Production in 2008-09 was 7.73 lakh metric tonnes from 2.03 lakh hectares. Guntur district had the highest area under cultivation of chillies at 67,000 hectares in 2009-10 (compared to 63,000 in 2008-09) followed by Khammam (30,000 ha), Warangal (27,000 ha), Prakasam (18,000 ha), Kurnool (12,000 ha) and Krishna (11,000 ha) and among other districts.

Foreign exchange earnings generated by chilli exports from Andhra Pradesh in 2009-10 was approximately Rs. 1,500 crore and it is poised to go up substantially due to increased production, according to official sources.

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