The Malaysian Sarawak pepper is world-renowned for its quality. It fetches a higher price than the other origins. And has attracted many pepper farmers around the world to visit the state and see how it’s cultivated. And has amazed some of the world’s top chefs. Here’s why:
Most of the Sarawak Pepper were planted on fertile hilly slopes of Sarawak. The topsoil is undisrupted hence is rich in nutrients. It gives Sarawak pepper its distinctive taste and aroma.
Strict Quality Control
All the Sarawak pepper to be exported needs to pass the stringent laboratory test set by the Malaysian Pepper Board. And the pepper may undergo further cleaning & processing to meet the specification of the international buyer.
Over the decades, no foreign countries have ever rejected the imports of Sarawak pepper. Whereas they have rejected many imports from other origins, mainly due to unsafe for human consumption.
Research & Development
Over the decades, the Malaysian Pepper Board has implemented various R&D to improve the quality of Sarawak pepper.
The major R&D includes the development of new pepper varieties. The new Semonggok variety produces a yield that has more oleoresin content, and more resistance to pests and diseases, which reduces the need for pesticides and fungicides.
The Malaysian Pepper Board is very active in farmer education programs. They frequently organize up-to-date pepper production courses for pepper farmers.
In recent years, the Malaysian Pepper Board has been helping farmers through digital platforms. They have developed apps for farmers to easily identify pests and diseases. Besides, they also publish guidelines and research papers on the web that may benefit the farmer.
Centralized Processing Centre
Most of the farmers sell off their pepper to a ready buyer, the Malaysian Pepper Board. The Malaysian Pepper Board will process the pepper to be resale.
Besides, most of the pepper for export will go through the Malaysian Pepper Board’s processing plant for further processing. Unless the exporter has its own capacity to process the pepper to the export standard.
High price for high-quality pepper
The market is willing to pay more for higher quality pepper. And there is a high demand for it. The good price motivates the farmer to produce more high-quality pepper.
It is reported that the top grade Sarawak white pepper is 3 times the price of the regular Sarawak white pepper when a farmer sells it (2018).