BLACK PEPPER famously known as “King of Spices” is native to India and is the most valued and widely traded spice in the world.
It was this flavor of Pepper which invited Vasco da Gama to discover the sea-route to the spice lands of Malabar Coast, now the state of Kerala, triggered by his obsessive interest in spices, specially Pepper. It is one of the major spice crops in India and has been an integral part of Indian cooking and traditional medicine since prehistoric times. Pepper is thus the most important commodities of economic importance in the world and is referred to as “Black Gold” due to its international trade importance.
Black Pepper is widely grown in counties like India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Madagascar etc. Pepper cultivation in India is mainly confined to the Southern states like Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with Karnataka presently accounting for highest production in India. Chikmagalur, Coorg, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Uttara Kannada districts in Karnataka are the major contributors of Pepper production in India.
The yield and quality of Black Pepper is affected worldwide by agronomic practices like extensive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides, open shade, unhygienic drying and processing techniques and adverse environmental factors. The BGL is committed to produce the best quality Pepper in the world by Balanced Plant Nutrition using organic manures, fertilizers, bio-pesticides and bio-fungicides, integrated pest and disease management with an emphasis on Shade Grown, Eco-friendly and sustainable pepper production to withstand the adverse climatic conditions considerably. Thus BGL is striving towards regaining India’s number 1 position in terms of highest production in the world by rejuvenating Indian Black Pepper.