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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to grow chili on 2.5 hectare plot of land, next month

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 24, 2017   /  05:33 pm
Jakarta to grow chili on 2.5 hectare plot of land, next month A vendor sells bird's eye chilies in a traditional market in Sorong, West Papua. (Antara/Olha Mulalinda)

The Jakarta administration has prepared a 2.5 hectare plot of land in Ciangir, Tangerang regency for bird’s eye chili farming to help control the prices, following the recent price increase of the commodity, an official has said.

“The land is being prepared. The planting will be carried out in early February,” said Diah Meidiante, head of the agricultural section at the Jakarta Maritime, Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Agency in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The agency has trained a number of farmers to properly care for the chili farm, Diah said, adding that the training had gone smoothly because the farmers had experience in chili farming.

(Read also: Cartel-like practices may be behind skyrocketing chili prices in East Kalimantan)

The chili farming project has been initiated amid the increase in bird’s eye chili prices following bad harvests. At traditional markets, the price of the commodity reached up to Rp 145,000 (US$10.89) from about Rp 80,000 last month.   (bbn)


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