|Price of Hot Peppers|
|Friday, 11 February 2011 15:18|
Statistic Bureau : Hot Pepper's Farmers Request Government to Implement Basic Purcasing Price (HPP)
Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan revealed, chili farmers had said that his desire for the government to implement the government purchasing price (HPP) as grain. They were concerned with price fluctuations chili that had soared through the Rp 100,000 per kilogram. "This is expressed by the farmers during the four districts yesterday Sidak chili production centers that we visit the Bradford, Majalengka, Garut and Tuban," said Rusman, Tuesday (1 / 2). From the study of BPS, he added, significantly chili production was mainly the end of 2010 has decreased dramatically. It resulted in disruption of supply to the market. He explained, the decline in pepper production due to several reasons, such as traumatic in the farmers. Based on experience, the price of pepper had reached Rp 3,000 per kg, but the break event point chili is about Rp 7,000 - Rp 8,000 per kg. As a result of that loss then there is the psychological impact as if let alone land not planted with peppers. Farmers also do not have enough capital to turn back the planting of chili. "So it should at that moment that he really needs capital, because the sale of chili is not enough to form the accumulation of capital, so there is a reduction in chili cultivation of land," he said.
Derivatives Industries Needed
Another reason, said Rusman, the season is an anomaly that caused productivity to decline. "Less sun when the chili is ready to harvest, so rotten, and finally invite a variety of diseases such as mildew. Moreover, the chili including sensitive plant, "he said. However, today the farmers are lucky enough. Because the farmer can sell the chili up to Rp 40,000 per kg in the area. This has never happened before. But, Rusman mention, actually inconvenient farmers have to sell at high prices, because the chain is long enough chili trade that could cause retail prices at the consumer level could reach Rp 100,000 per kg. They say, at farm level is the most secure in the price of Rp 15.000 - Rp 20,000 per kg. "They want a certainty, the stability of the price of chili was, so there is proposed HPP. But the problem is is not chili like rice ,because it can not be stocked ,well this means it must have derivatives industry ,"he said.
Source : Kontan Wed, Feb 2, 2011