Chili Prices Rise Reaching 150,000 Rupiah – The price of chilies rose to IDR 150,000 per kilogram, more expensive than the price of beef, which is usually IDR 120,000 per kilogram. This was stated by a vegetable seller at Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta named Koyah. However, he revealed that now the price has dropped to IDR 120,000 per kilogram.

The Head of the Tangerang City Industry and Trade Office, Eni Nuraeni, explained that the price of cayenne pepper was between Rp. 120,000 to Rp. 150,000 per kg in several markets based on an inspection by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Eni explained, the price of chilies rose because farmers were unable to harvest due to uncertain weather. “It is possible that the harvest will not succeed. After the rain, the heat continues, the rain continues," said Eni by telephone, Wednesday night (10/3/2021) evening.

"Now I sell Rp 120 thousand per kilogram. This has gone down, last week it was Rp. 150 thousand per kilo," said Koyah at the Sunday Market, Wednesday (10/3/2021).

Koyah suspects that the increase in chili prices is due to the weather. He said, due to the price increase, the stock he bought from online was reduced.

“Before buying 10 kilos now I just bought 5 kilos, this is because of the weather. Since corona too," he continued.

In a different place, the price of red cayenne pepper is said to have experienced an increase of IDR 150,000 per kilogram. That was said by a spice trader at Pasar Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta.

"Now it has fallen to Rp. 120,000 per kilogram, before it was Rp. 150,000," said a spice trader named Hadi.

How come the price of chilies can go up and reach IDR 150,000?

He also said that due to the increase in price, the stock he bought from the Kramatjati Main Market had decreased from 20 kilograms per day to 5 kilograms.

"Now I bought it at Kramatjati, before it was 20 kilos, so it dropped 3 times, just 5 kilos. Buyers also buy less, food stalls used to buy 1 kilo to 1/2 kilo," said Hadi.


What Causes Chili Prices to Rise

Chairman of the Indonesian Chili Agribusiness Association (AACI) Abdul Hamid said there were several factors that had caused chili prices to rise recently. This includes a reduction in the number of farmers by up to 70 percent and deteriorating soil conditions.

What Causes Chili Prices to Drop?

Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo said the high demand from the horeca industry was one of the reasons for the dynamic (fluctuation) of chili commodity prices. This happened after the COVID-19 pandemic started to slow down.


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