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The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry

The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry

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The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry

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  1. The Southwest Chile Pepper Industry Basic Facts…

  2. The National Pepper Industry is Located Here! • 60% of U.S. chile acreage in NM • 30% of U.S. chile acreage in TX & AZ • NM is center of pepper processing • Green chile • Red chile • Jalapeño • Cayenne

  3. Where is New Mexico chile grown? • 76% of acreage in SW New Mexico • Luna • Doña Ana • Hidalgo • Sierra • 20% of acreage in SE New Mexico • Chaves • Eddy • Lea

  4. NM Chile Acreage Harvested

  5. U.S. Chile Pepper Imports Fresh Chile Imports Dried Chile Imports

  6. Sources of Chile Imports • Fresh chile peppers • Mexico • Processed in New Mexico • Dried chile peppers • Mexico • China • India • Spain

  7. Economic Impact? • Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna Counties • Vegetable production & processing • 86% of NM chile production (tons) • 5,300 jobs • $400 million • Multiplier effects • Important in sustainable crop rotations

  8. New Mexico is the Heart of the U.S. Chile IndustryThe Chile Task Force is working to improve the industry’s competitiveness, profitability & long-term viability