Which Country Produces the Most Dry Chilli and Peppers?

Production of Chilli and Pepper (Dry) (tonnes), 2018
Agriculture | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 63 countries in 2018, India ranked the highest in production of dry chilli and pepper with 1,808,011 tonnes followed by China and Ethiopia. On the other end of the scale was Papua New Guinea with 4.00 tonnes, Maldives with 10.0 tonnes and Central African Republic with 116 tonnes.

Total production of dry chilli and pepper reached 4,164,594 tonnes in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 6.55 % less than in the previous year and 26.3 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total production of dry chilli and pepper reached an all time high of 4,437,524 tonnes in 2017 and an all time low of 991,649 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.55 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 43.4 % of production of dry chilli and pepper in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 58.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 82.2 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Production of Chilli and Pepper (Dry) indicator page.

Production of Chilli and Pepper (Dry) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Bangladesh tonnes 126,000 102,000 110,000 123,207 130,260
China tonnes 290,000 300,000 307,241 305,971 309,425
Egypt tonnes 65,000 57,943 57,458 59,798 60,815
Ethiopia tonnes 158,546 179,480 170,766 289,677 329,804
Ghana tonnes 100,000 102,803 107,754 111,062 115,146
India tonnes 1,304,000 1,492,000 1,492,000 1,605,000 1,520,390
Ivory Coast tonnes 118,286 115,000 118,305 117,197 116,834
Mexico tonnes 60,000 60,000 60,541 60,720 60,358
Myanmar tonnes 117,500 115,500 121,400 126,800 129,361
Nepal tonnes 20,000 27,429 27,948 35,668 41,046
Nigeria tonnes 62,000 60,000 60,299 65,004 67,197
Pakistan tonnes 147,162 145,856 139,687 142,200 142,163
Romania tonnes 48,500 47,554 47,119 48,049 49,197
Thailand tonnes 215,619 243,452 321,395 348,223 253,731
Vietnam tonnes 91,000 93,000 95,028 96,210 98,101