GUWAHATI: In a major boost to exports of Geographical Indications (GI) products from the north-eastern region, a consignment of 'Raja Mircha' also referred to as king chilli from Nagaland was today exported to London via Guwahati by air for the first time.
The consignment of King Chilli is also considered as the world's hottest based on the Scoville Heat Units (SHUs). The consignment was sourced from Tening, part of Peren district, Nagaland and was packed at APEDA assisted packhouse at Guwahati.
The chilli from Nagaland is also referred to as Bhoot Jolokia and Ghost pepper. It got GI certification in 2008.
APEDA in collaboration with the Nagaland State Agricultural Marketing Board (NSAMB), coordinated the first export consignment of fresh King Chilli. APEDA had coordinated with NSAMB in sending samples for laboratory testing in June and July 2021 and the results were encouraging as it is grown organically.
Exporting fresh King Chilli posed a challenge because of its highly perishable nature.
Nagaland King Chilli belongs to the genus Capsicum of the family Solanaceae. Naga king chilli has been considered as the world's hottest chilli and is constantly on the top five in the list of the world's hottest chillies based on the SHUs.
Earlier, the Department of Agriculture through the Assam Agri-Business and Rural Transformation Project (APART) initiated its first export-oriented consignment by facilitating the export of Assam lemon from Panbari Bodofa Farmer Producer Company (FPC) in Chirang district. The consignment of 1200 kg of Assam lemon was handpicked from selected lemon orchards under Panbari FPC and packed for shipment adhering to all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for export shipments of agri-horti commodities.
This was conducted under close supervision of APART team at the Bodofa FPC Common Service Center. The consignment was delivered at the International Cargo Terminal of LGBIA Guwahati jointly by Bodofa FPC and APART officials in the presence of the exporter, Keiga Exims Pvt. Ltd, a registered exporter under Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).