A video shows farmers in Jambi throwing potatoes and chillies on the streets. This was allegedly due to falling prices.
Related to this, the Director General of Horticulture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Suwandi, said that the discarded products were vegetables that did not meet market standards or reject.
“Those who disposed of small potatoes reject and broken cabbage does not sell in the market,” he said when contacted by detikFinance, Monday (1/28/2019).
However, according to the General Chair of the Indonesian Chili Agribusiness Association (AACI), Dadi Sudiana said that the chilli and potatoes harvested and then disposed of were of good quality, not rejected or not sold on the market.
“The quality is good. So (the action of throwing away vegetables) because the farmers want attention from the government, the price drops,” he closed.
“The price dropped from the normal level at the farmer in the range of Rp. 12,000 to Rp. 15,000 per kg and then it became less than Rp. 6,000 per kg,” Dadi told detikFinance, Monday (1/28/2019).