Harvesting chillies (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s Penang state authorities plan to import chillies from Vietnam to meet increasing demand during the upcoming Hari Raya Adilfitri festival.

The New Straits Times on June 24 quoted Penang Director of the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority Habibah Sulaiman as saying that chilli is an indispensable food ingredient of local residents, particularly during the festival.

Chilli output in Malaysia plunged due to El Nino, leading to the shortage of supply, which provides a chance for Vietnamese chilli exporters.

She also spoke highly of Vietnamese chilli quality.

One kg of chilli currently retails at nearly 20 MRY (4.92 USD) in Malaysia.-VNA