Chillies are a major crop grown in Pakistan but yields are low due to inadequate access to quality agricultural inputs, information gaps on efficient farming practices, and produce is often infested with high levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a mould, which occurs due to improper harvesting and drying techniques and limits the clillies from being exported. Export of Pakistan’s chilli produce has declined over the last few years – from over 3500 metric tonnes in 2009 to less than 1300 metric tonnes in 2012.
MDF is supporting National Foods, a spice company procuring chillies from Sindh to upscale its ability to supervise and expand the current cultivation and procurement of aflatoxin controlled chillies. MDF is also assisting National Foods to improve the quality of chillies produced to meet international standards and to enter new markets. This is providing farmers in Sindh access to a consistent buyer who offers higher prices for high quality produce.
Blog story: Spicing up chili production in Pakistan