The Jakarta Post
The price of chili reached Rp 140,000 (US$ 10.52) at Palmerah Market in West Jakarta on Wednesday, although the price from farmers was still lower than Rp 30,000.
Deputy chairman of House of Representatives Commission IV, overseeing agricultural affairs, Herman Khaeron expressed concern over the skyrocketing price of bird’s eye chili.
“On Jan. 11, prices were still between Rp 50,000 and Rp 55,000, but now the price has reached Rp 140,000 per kiloliter at this market,” said Herman as quoted by tribunnews.com while visiting the market on Wednesday.
“It is an irrational price as the farmer only gets less than Rp 30,000,” he added.
He suspected a distribution issue, as many regions were able to harvest chili normally. He expressed the hope that the government would pay serious attention to the distribution of the commodity to ensure that it took place smoothly.
But President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the price hike of the commodity was particularly caused by the unfavorable weather to plant chili.
Sellers and restaurants have said that they have been affected by the rising price of bird’s eye chili—a key ingredient in many Indonesian dishes. (bbn)
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