Vietnam attends International Pepper Community’s annual meeting hinh anh 1Delegates at the event (Photo: VNA)
New Delhi (VNA) – Vietnamese agricultural officials and business people joined over 250 representatives from leading pepper export countries worldwide at the 43rd Annual Session of the International Pepper Community (IPC), which took place in Karnataka state, India from November 22-26.

The event was jointly organised by the IPC, India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Indian Spices Board to discuss prospects and headwinds facing world pepper growers and traders.

The participants focused their attention on pepper consumption and stocks, pepper prices and market situation as well as measures to stabilise markets.

Specialised talks were also held on pepper cultivating techniques, processing and preservation technology, and regulations on food hygiene and safety.

On the occasion, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam, who was accompanied by 14 Vietnamese large pepper businesses, met with officials from Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the ministry’s Spices Board.

The two sides shared information on cooperation opportunities and sought ways to boost trade in spices, especially pepper. The Indian side said they are ready to help Vietnam to set up a pepper trading floor.

Vietnamese pepper has been shipped to 97 countries and territories. India, together with the US, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, are the biggest pepper importers of the Southeast Asian country.-VNA