President Jokowi Visits Sidoharjo Traditional Market
Date 19 November 2018
After attending the event at College of Health Sciences (STIKES) Muhammadiyah Lamongan, President Joko Jokowi Widodo and First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo visited Sidoharjo traditional market in Lamongan District, East Java, Monday (19/11). During the visit, the President bought a number of staple foods and checked prices on the market.
“The most important thing when visiting the market is checking prices. When I went to Bogor market, the price of chili was still over Rp30,000, today, in this market, it is Rp17,000” the President said.
In the relatively crowded market, President Jokowi asked the sellers the prices of staple foods such as peanut, rice, and chili. The President also bought some food including chili, peanut, rice, crackers, sapodilla, and beef tripe.
President Jokowi further said that the Government always strives to maintain the balance of commodity prices to accommodate the interests of farmers and consumers.
“The low price will disadvantage the farmers while the higher price will disadvantage the customers .We should maintain the balance to make sure that the supply and the demand are stable and the prices are not too fluctuating,” the President said.
When the President was walking through the market area, many people in the market wanted to shake his hand and take selfie with him.
During the visit, Ibu Iriana also bought several items in a number of kiosks, including dozens of salted eggs.
The visit to the market is not previously listed in the agenda of the President’s activities during his working visit to East Java. (BPMI/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani