Red Chilli production in Andhra Pradesh, India

Last Modified: Mon Nov 15 2021 05:44:48 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Rs. 1,20,000
    Investment needed by small farmers per acre of red chilli cultivation. A 10 gram seed packet costs Rs. 1,250 and around 10 packets are needed for an acre. The cost of production goes up to Rs. 1.5 lakh in some areas, depending on the availability of labour and water.
  • Rs. 8,000
    Price per quintal of red chilli that farmers need to get in order to break even.
  • Rs. 12,000 per quintal
    Average price for red chilli that farmers in the region were able to get during the last 2 years.
  • Rs. 20,000
    Price per quintal that farmers were able to sell high-demand red chilli varieties such as Byadgi, Teja, Devanuru Deluxe and Gunturu Sannalu.
  • Rs. 6,000
    Price per quintal that farmers were able to get last year, even for lowest quality produce, partly due to crop loss in chilli producing states such as Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
  • Rs. 6,000 crore
    Annual value of transactions handled by the Guntur Mirchi Yard, which is Asia's largest market for dried red chilies.
  • ?
    Number of farmers in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh that are engaged in the cultivation of chilli.
  • 300,000 tonnes
    Annual production of chilli in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Guntur chilli is famous in the international market for its unique flavour and is exported to numerous countries, including the US, the UK and China among others.
  • 120,000 hectares
    Area under cultivation of chilli in Guntur district, mostly under the command area of the Nagarjuna Sagar Project Right Canal.
  • ?
    Number of farmers in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh that are engaged in the cultivation of chilli.
  • ? tonnes
    Annual production of chilli in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • 80,000 hectares
    Area under cultivation of chilli in Prakasam district.
  • Mar 2021
    Red Chilli alllocated to Guntur and Prakasam districts under the One-District-One-Focus-Product (ODOFP) scheme enabling various schemes and programmes to help farmers get additional income by creating demand in market.
  • 17 Jul
    Date around which farmers in parts of Prakasam district start raising nurseries for paddy, red chillies and take up transplantation by mid-August. They expect a huge water supply to raise crops toward the end of August, according to Prakasam agriculture joint director S. Srinivasa Rao.
  • 215,000 hectares
    Area over which red chilli is expected to be cultivated in the 2021 kharif season (compared to ~180,000 hectares last year) buoyed by good prices and export demand during the past 2 years. Good rains in upland areas of Kurnool, Guntur, Prakasam and Krishna districts have also encouraged farmers to go for chilli cultivation on a large scale. In Guntur district alone, area is up by 90,000 acres, mostly at the expense of cotton.
  • Rs. 25,000 per kg
    Average minimum price of seeds ahead of the 2020 kharif season, across brands from major seed companies such as Syngenta, Mahyco and Numhens.
  • Rs. 40,000 per kg
    Average minimum price of seeds ahead of the 2021 kharif season, across brands from major seed companies such as Syngenta, Mahyco and Numhens.