The Central Statistics Agency publishes inflation data. Based on the monitoring results of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) in 82 cities, in July 2019, inflation was 0.31 percent. Inflation is driven by price increases, as indicated by the increase in most of the cost group indices, namely: food group by 0.80 percent; processed food, beverages, cigarettes and tobacco by 0.24 percent; housing, water, electricity, gas and fuel by 0.14 percent; clothing group by 0.70 percent; health group by 0.18 percent; and the education, recreation and sports group by 0.92 percent. While the spending group declined in the index, namely: transport, communications and financial services group by 0.36 percent.
Red chili is a type of food that contributes to the dominant inflation in July 2019, which is 0.20 percent. In addition, there were cayenne and green chilli, each contributing 0.06% and 0.01% inflation.
The increase in the price of chili is certainly contributing to the extreme weather at the moment. Monitoring by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) during the dry season is expected to occur from July to August 2019. This dry season can certainly pose a threat to chili plants.
In addition, the characteristics of fast-growing chili plants are also a challenge in the marketing of one of these horticultural products. The Ministry of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture) has provided an alternative for farmers to use dryers that are distributed in several areas where the productivity of chili plants is high. We hope that dried chili products will be able to reach different markets in Indonesia so that they can meet the needs of consumers, which can ultimately reduce the price of chili in the market.
The next challenge is how to temporarily invite Indonesians to use the alternative in the form of dried chili.
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