House of Representatives: Resolute Rice hoarders

By : Herry Barus And Aldi Firhand. A | Tuesday, January 30 2018 - 04:14 IWST

Rice Harvesting (Photo Dok Industry.co.id)
Rice Harvesting (Photo Dok Industry.co.id)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Banyuasin - Speaker of the House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo requested the Food Task Force of the National Police Headquarters to crack down on the rice and rice paddies which caused the price of basic necessities to be uncontrollable to the detriment of the people and farmers.

"We ask the Food Task Force to guard the mafia-mafia that pile up rice and grain because it enter the realm of crime," said Bambang after the harvest in Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra, Monday (29/1/2018)

He considered the Food Task Force Polri and other law enforcers must act firmly by conducting raids and checks on the parties suspected of hoarding rice and grain.

According to Bambang Soesatyo, if it can be done well then cooperation between DPR, Government, and law enforcement is very helpful to farmers and society.

"I asked the Police Headquarters to investigate and investigate whether there is 'playing' in this case," he said.

In addition, Bambang has also asked Commission IV and VI of the House of Representatives to urge the government to stop the policy of importing rice due to the fact that Indonesia does not need import because the supply of local farmers is sufficient.

The Golkar Party politician said imports would disrupt rice prices at the farm level because they should not be under Rp5,000 per kilogram.

"For public consumption, the price of rice should not be more than Rp8.000 per kilogram so that if it can keep the price balance, then the prosperous farmers and the community are happy," he said.

Bambang said the House leadership has asked the House of Representatives Commission IV and VI to talk with the government to consider the plan to import rice.

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