The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) has officially stated that the current chili production in the country is in a safe condition. This declaration is likely a response to the concerns or speculations about potential scarcity or price increases of chilies in the market.
Ensuring Stability in Chili Production
The dynamics of chili prices in various regions have become the focus of the Ministry of Agriculture, especially in maintaining the stability of horticultural commodity prices ahead of major religious holidays. Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman, emphasized the importance of field presence to support farmers, monitor production, record problems encountered, and provide solutions in collaboration with the agriculture department.
Dealing with Market Dynamics
In Bulukumba County, a drastic increase in chili prices has occurred. Farmers such as Ice Rismayani and Muhammad Ramli are feeling the impact. Despite this, the ministry continues to support farmers by providing additional assistance, monitoring field conditions, and offering solutions to stabilize chili prices amidst the trading dynamics that are taking place.
Maintaining Horticultural Commodity Prices
The Ministry of Agriculture has deployed teams to monitor chili production and maintain the stability of horticultural commodity prices towards the end of the year. According to Anton, the current chili production is still at a safe level when compared to consumption needs. The National Strategic Food Price Information Center recorded that the average daily price of red bird's eye chili (per kg) in modern markets in several provinces has touched IDR 101,700 per kg, data as of Monday, November 27, 2023.