Pakistan has moved to spice up its economy with enhanced chilli yield, officials said here on Friday. Pakistan is one of the top 10 chilli producing nations endowed with a rich organic and sandy loam and humid yet dry weather for regular cultivation of chilli in both summer and winter seasons. Pakistan cultivates chilli on at least 158,000 hectares, producing approximately 143 million tonnes annually.
Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab are the country’s red chilli cultivating provinces. Pakistan produces a lot of varieties like Capsicum Annum (Bell pepper, Jalapeno, Cayenne), Capsicum Frutescence (tabasco), Capsicum Chinese, Capsicum Pubescens, Capsicum Baccatum, Habanero, Red Savina, Naga Morrich, Anti Bear, pepper spray, ornamental chillies or Christmas Pepper and exports most of chillies and chilli products to the Middle Eastern and European markets.