A Stunning Commodity Called Chili.

A must-available Dish

Although I'm not a chili lover due to my sensitive stomach to hot food, but people generally take it as a special dish. For those chili freaks their regular meals, meat balls, noodles, steamed food, porridge, soup, curry, fried rice and many other savory foods which are too many to mention one by one here, are not really enjoyable without chili, either it is as raw chilly or made as chili sauce. They may even lose their appetite to enjoy those dishes without chili with them. So don't underestimate chili, no wonder there is a jargon in the country saying: "Chili,It's powerful although it is tiny ".

Many women are stunned by chili price. A view in a chili market.
Many women are stunned by chili price. A view in a chili market. | Source

It Suddenly becomes a prima donna

Chili suddenly becomes a prima donna nowadays. It suddenly becomes a stunning commodity when its price soars to a level we've never imagined before, surpassing the prices of high grades apples, grapes, pears, kiwis which are mostly imported, or the king of fruit Durian.

The price of chili (small chili) has reached 100,000 to 120,000 rupiah (around 11 to 13 US$) per kilo, which used to be 20,000 to 40,000 per kilo. This crazy price also attracts new and old farmers to try their luck to become new chili farmers. The euphoria also comes to every house to spare some part of their yards to be planted with chili, or at least, they grow it on potted soil if their houses don't have yards


People guard their chili field day and night to make sure their chili fields are safe.
People guard their chili field day and night to make sure their chili fields are safe. | Source

Chili's rising price has brought some extraordinary consequences. Chili farmers have to increase their alertness and hire security guards to surveillance their chili fields, this sounds exaggerating but it's really necessary since chili alluring price has increased looting lately.

As a big consumption commodity, chili is included in calculation of the country's economic indicators and another effect of chili's increasing price that it contributes to the swelling January 2011's inflation rate.

Source
Some scenes depicting  impacts of bad weather in my country.
Some scenes depicting impacts of bad weather in my country. | Source

What makes it so expensive ?

All walks of people from government high rank officials, economist, chili merchants, housewives, restaurant owners, street vendors complain and try give their theories what has caused chilly so expensive. Theories contributed by those various heads finally share the same end that bad weather in the country is considered the main cause of chili's wild price.

Yes, like some other parts of the world do, Indonesia suffers prolonged weather anomaly these days. Dry season which should have taken place from April until October 2010 was replaced by heavy, windy rainy days. So we experienced rainy season all year long last year. Chili is susceptible to excessive water. Too intensive rainy water has caused spoilage in many areas known as chili main producers , which makes the markets in short of chili supplies. To make the condition poorer, transportation is also hampered by this severe weather problem, another factor which worsens chili supplies.

This prolonged weather irregularity has disrupted many sectors, not only agricultural sectors. Fisheries, shipping, transportation, tourism also get the impacts.



The occurrence of severe weather disruptions and weather anomaly have been more intensive recently. These conditions also happen in other parts of the world with floods, snow storms, and land slides have struck some countries.

I don't mean to overstate but behind this unusual condition I, deep in heart, wish the earth still sufficiently has its carrying capacity to let us live and get protection, and hope that the impacts of global warming are not coming too soon.

More by this Author

  • Visiting Bromo in Frugal Traveling.
    11

    Bromo mountain is one special destination which has become the icon of East Java. This destination has attracted people from all over the world and here my experience in visiting it in frugal traveling.

  • Malang, A Must-Visit City in East Java.
    19

    Malang, as the second largest city in East Java (after Surabaya, the capital city), has a lot of potentials and attractions. When people visit the city they'll be served, not only with nature and physical attractions...

  • How to Make Your Laundry Smell Good
    16

    Nice smell laundry will boost our confidence and makes the wearer more spirited. Here are some tips how to make laundry clean, smells great in practical, economical, and environmentally friendly ways.


Comments 21 comments

Truckstop Sally profile image

Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Interesting info on the price of chilis and the weather. It makes sense; I had just not considered it before. In the Texas and the Southwest, we use chili powder (red chilis)to make our chili dish (often with ground beef).


Jamie Brock profile image

Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Interesting hub about chili peppers! Thank you for sharing.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Jamie Brock: You're welcome, Thank you for reading this hub too.

@Truckstop Sally: Thank you very much for reading and your nice comments. chili is everybody's favorite, and I like it if it's not too hot.


Freya Cesare profile image

Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Too expensive! Hmmm... maybe we should suggesting an exchange for chilly. How about balsam? It is as hot as chilly, right? LOL


sameerk profile image

sameerk 5 years ago from India

nice one , check my hubpages too


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Freya cesare:Yes balsam is hot, what about balsam plus sandals...(lol), must be hotter... Thank you Freya for that fun comments.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Sameerk: Thank you, I (have read)and surely will drop by at your hubs again.


sameerk profile image

sameerk 5 years ago from India

thank u , ur hubs is also very informative


Micky Dee profile image

Micky Dee 5 years ago

I do love the chili. I'll have mine with textured vegetable protein instead of any meat added. I hope we don't see a big rise in the cost. God bless!


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hopefully your chili prices will come down when the weather returns to normal. Crops of all sorts are continually affected by weather conditions...the bane of the farmer!

It is a shame that this has spurred stealing from the chili fields and taking away profits from the farmers growing the chilis.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi, SameerK. I'm glad if my hub can give useful information for the readers. It's very kind of you to give nice comments, thank you so much.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Micky Dee, chili is many people's favorite, I hope the price will get back to normal soon. Thank you very much for having read this hub.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hello Peggy W. I think the rain intensity is calming down which hopefully brings change to chili price too. High chili price is neither good for consumers or the country's economy. This month's inflation is high because of soaring chili price. Thank you very much Peggy W.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love chili peppers, but one option is to grow you own if these are going up in price.


mulberry1 profile image

mulberry1 5 years ago

Unusual and extreme weather is often the culprit when it comes to driving up prices on fruits and vegetables. I know here that there is currently a shortage of tomatoes and their price has gone up steeply thanks to colder than normal temperatures, flooding, and other weather related causes.

I'm like you with chilies...a little goes a long way! They can be just too hot for me sometimes.


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@SweetiePie: Yes, I"ve learned from this situation and start to grow some vegetables myself. Thank you very much SweetiePie.

@mulberryw1: We should consider greenhouse farming to cope with unpredictable weather. Thank you very much Mulberry1.


Balinese profile image

Balinese 5 years ago from Ireland

iam growing chilies and other veg here in here this summer

as the fresh veg hiking :))

balinese


agusfanani profile image

agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Balinese: I think one of strategies in coping with high prices of veggies is by planting them like what you do at home. I do the same thing at home too. Thank you very much for dropping by.


sweetie1 profile image

sweetie1 5 years ago from India

very nice hub. I like to have spicy and little hot food so we do use chillies in al forms in our home.


Money Maker 5 years ago

Money Maker is a leading advisory company based in India. Money maker is professionally managed company with its focus on high quality and client satisfaction. Money Maker Real time on-line live, SMS’s E-Mails for day, swing trading are the quick ultimate to earn quick money. Money Maker Financial Services as stock market advisor and analyst offering advisory services on Indian stock market known as Indian share market. more information on visit www.moneymakerfinancial.com


beingwell profile image

beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I love chili! I slowly fell in love with the idea of eating them and putting them in my dish, sauces and condiments! It makes food more tasty and it helps with our weight loss.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working