Vietnam, the world’s largest pepper exporter, saw shipments of the spice increase by almost a quarter in first quarter of this year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The country shipped 39,000 tonnes of pepper worth 261 million USD for a year on-year increase of 27 percent in volume and 23.6 percent in value.

The average export price was down by 2.7 percent to 6,644 USD per tonne.

The US remained the highest buyer followed by Germany , Singapore , and United Arab Emirates .

Vietnam has more than 50,000ha under the spice, mainly in the six provinces of Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dac Nong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Vietnam exports pepper to 80 countries and territories around the world.-VNA