SMEDA completes red chilli project

Lahore, October 18, 2016 (PPI-OT): The inaugural Ceremony of the Red Chillies Processing Center (RCPC), set up by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in Kunri, would be held Tuesday next. According to SMEDA officials, an invitation has been sent to Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Federal Minister Industries and Production for inauguration of the Center. The inaugural ceremony would also be attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Industries and Production and SMEDA along with a large number of growers, traders and exporters of the Red Chillies.

SMEDA sources, while explaining the need of setting up RCPC in Kunri, told that 85.2% of the total Chillies produced in Pakistan are grown in the province of Sindh, mostly districts Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sanghar and Badin. But the produce for being harvested in moon soon season is afflicted with moisture, which consequently becomes the cause of creating Alfatoxin bacteria on the Red Chillies.

Due to this contamination, over 35% of the yield is wasted every year.

The sources told that SMEDA, during a consultation with growers of Red Chillies a few years back, had identified dire need of mechanical dehydration technology and a modern storage facility to address the problems to be faced by Red Chillies, which were also being rejected in the world market just because of the Aflatoxin problem despite having a huge scope for export.

SMEDA officials claims that the RCPC while becoming operational has made the innovative dehydration facility available to the Red Chillies, which would improve standard of the produce and also turn it to be an exportable commodity thus increasing the income of growers, traders and exporters to optimal level.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA)
4th Floor, Building No. 3, Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex,
Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-111-111-456
Fax: +92-42-36304926-7
Email: aligohar@smeda.org.pk, helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk