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Dear Guests,

During pepper year 2017, the IPC made significant progress in preparing to take on a revitalized and even more active role in the sustainable development of the world pepper sector. My term of office as Executive Director was one of the most demanding tests I have faced in my professional career and took great personal satisfaction in the results achieved.

We have had a momentous year in 2017 as we launched the 45th IPC Session, ran several meetings and workshops and partnered with many stakeholders in sector to bring about our goal of achieving sustainability in the sector.

The year began with a very positive development for the IPC, as the Philippine joined the International Pepper Community, bringing to 07 the total number of member countries. Another major development was a new long-term strategy for promotion and market development prepared by Marketing Committee, which will help to reduce volatility by promoting value and differentiation through a multi-stakeholder network of partners. Besides, I particularly welcomed the progress in stimulating demand for pepper in producing countries, much of which stems from organizing international pepper days among member countries. As estimated, the world pepper consumption increases about 1% annually and in 2017 reached approximately 450,000 metric tons. Other notable changes include expanding the organization's work in providing relevant statistic, review and implement capacity-building projects.

In 2018, IPC has formulated a series of initiative to further strengthen its function and role which include quality standard harmonization among member countries and align with international agencies responsible for food safety; establishment of mobile app for disease and nutrient deficiency diagnosis, establishment of effective surveillance systems; revamp of the website to improve functionality, utility and appeal; partnerships and networking.

On this occasion, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the industry engaged with the IPC. With diligence and competence, the industry ensured the smooth running of our meeting and contributed to the substantive results achieved. My thanks also go to all members of the organization and staff of the IPC for their continuing support and cooperation.

I am confident that the IPC will make a substantial progress in preparing for new responsibilities in the coming year and will continue to play its essential role in serving the world pepper community.

Hoang Thi Lien
Executive Director

WPB Week #07/18, 12-16 February 2018
The market at most origins is not active in view of anticipating celebration of Tet in Viet Nam and Lunar New Year in China. Most players in Sarawak, Lampung and Bangka are also celebrating this Festival. There is no pepper price reported from Viet Nam this week due to most players have closed office this week. 

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Pesticide Residue Training, 26-27th September 2017, Kuching, Malaysia
The pesticide residue hands-on training on pepper was jointly hosted by the IPC and the Malaysian Pepper Board on 26th - 27th September 2017 at MPB Central Laboratory, Kuching, Malaysia. The training, which consisted of laboratories personnel from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, focused on understanding the needs and role of the pepper residue laboratory networks and enhancing the pesticide residue knowledge and skills of laboratories personnel from IPC member countries.

This seminar consisted of two main sessions in which paper was presented in selected topic. These two sessions were: (1) regional pesticide control scenario in pepper farming and; (2) quality control procedure for pesticide residue analysis. In addition to exchange of idea and information, this training also provided hand on activities to all participants from the IPC member countries to learn technique for residue extraction and analysis using standard protocol as stated in SANCO document.

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Market Review - January 2017
As reported earlier, pepper market continued to be declining trend in 2017, where price of pepper prevailed in 2017 was significantly lower when compared with the price in 2016 and 2015. Continuous increase of global production and export in 2017 is the main reason for the continuing decrease of price. In 2018 production of pepper is estimated to remind high, but slightly lower from 2017. Although new plants in some countries have started produce, weather condition however, particularly in Viet Nam during flowering season, is not as good as in the past year. Hence, production of pepper this year may not as good as last year. Considering the above situation, pepper market in 2018 would largely depend on developments in production during the year. In the short term, the market may be affected by the situation of harvesting season in India and Viet Nam. Viet Nam as the largest producing and exporting country will continue to play important role in determining market direction. Revised estimate figures on production and export during 2016 and 2017 are given below. 

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Ministry of Commerce of India to impose Minimum Import Price to pepper imported from all other origins on 6th December 2
The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has approved the proposal of the Spices Board for fixing the CIF value of Rs.500/-per kg as Minimum Import Price for pepper to protect the interests of pepper growers.

In recent times, decline in the domestic pepper price due to cheaper import of pepper from other origins has been a major concern among pepper growers. Pepper prices have gone down by nearly 35 per cent in one year and have resulted in a lot of hardship for pepper growers.

Since most of the pepper-producing countries are in the ASEAN region, there have also been apprehensions of pepper from these countries, being routed through Sri Lanka taking advantage of lower duty under SAFTA and ISLFTA, for availing concessional import duty. Farmers' associations have demanded taking of stringent measures including fixing of Minimum Import Price (MIP) for pepper to prevent cheaper imports of pepper into the country from other origins.

Fixing of Minimum Import Price will help in improving the domestic price particularly when the harvesting season of pepper is fast approaching. (Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, 6th Dec. 2017)

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