Gov’t Maintains Staple Food Supply and Price
Date 27 Mei 2020
Ministry of Trade Agus Suparmanto on Tuesday (26/5) visited Jatinegara market in Jakarta and Pasar Baru market in Bekasi to monitor price of staple food.
“I am directly monitoring the availability and prices of staple food in the market. As of today, prices are relatively stable, several commodities such as garlic and onion reported price decrease,” the Minister said.
Based on the Minister’s monitoring at the Jatinegara market and Pasar Baru market, prices of staple food, including rice, cooking oil, flour, soybeans, beef, broiler eggs, and curly red chili, are relatively stable.
Agus said that some commodities, namely cayenne pepper and garlics, reported significant price decrease (above 5 percent), while broiler chicken, shallots, and red chili reported price increase. He added that shallots price was Rp60,000/kg due to lower production.
In the meantime, the Government also supplied market with sugar by providing 12 tons of sugar in Jatinegara market and 4 tons of sugar in Pasar Baru market through sugar market operation (OPG). The market operation was held in collaboration with two companies, namely PT Adikarya Gemilang and PT Priscolin.
For the record, as of today, sugar market operations have provided 36,516 tons of sugar, including in Tangerang and South Tangerang (Banten), Bogor and Bekasi (West Java), all regions in Jakarta, Malang (East Java), Bandar Lampung (Lampung), Jambi, and Riau (Riau Islands).
The national average price of sugar on 26 May 2020 has dropped significantly by more than 10.38% compared to the previous month.
In the modern retail market, sugar prices remain stable at Rp12,500/kg. The national average price is in the range of Rp14,000 to Rp16,500 per kg.
The Minister also invited the people to monitor the distribution of staple food, especially sugar.
The Ministry of Trade provides contact number at 085311111010 (whatsApp), 021-3441839 (hotline), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or website www.siswaspk.kemendag.go.id. The people may also report directly to Ministry of Trade.
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana