Monday, 23 September 2019 | 01:21 WIB

Agriculture Ministry Guarantees Chili Supply Safe for Christmas, New Year

Illustration: Chili

JAKARTA, NNC - Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman on various occasions revealed that the supply of chili is guaranteed to meet national needs including during Christmas and New Year 2019.

That way, there is no reason for the supply of chili to become rare because the Directorate General of Horticulture is always ordered to ensure the supply of chili is safe throughout the year. Evidently, in the last two years people during Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha have calmed down because the price of chili was no longer soaring.

Related to this, the Director General of Horticulture Suwandi admitted that the supply of chili was very sufficient for Christmas and New Year. In fact now the price of chilli is cheaper at farmers because production in centers is abundant.

"If we look at the field trend, we are optimistic that the supply of chili until January will be sufficient and even a surplus," he said in Jakarta, Thursday (11/22/2018).

Suwandi explained that until now the supply of chili to the Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) market has been smooth and reached 290 tons per day or 8,700 tons a month. Specifically, Jabodetabek needs 1,160 hectares of land to fulfill it.

"The driving farmers or chili champions from the central areas we invite together to secure Jabodetabek supply. This November there have been as many as 26,214 tons of chili ready, December 19,348 tons and January 2019 around 18,744 tons. That is only for Jabodetabek," he explained.

"It's safe, there's no need to worry about chili. We also intensively encourage production and arrange the distribution of chili centers so that supplies are maintained," he continued.

Based on the monitoring of the price panel at Kramat Jati Central Market Jakarta during November it showed sufficient supply and stable prices. Since November 1, 2018, the supply of curly red chili per day has reached an average of 40 tons with an average price of IDR21,000 per kilogram, red cayenne tends to be low ranging from IDR13,000 to IDR20,000 with an average supply per day reaching 50 tons.