Minister of Agriculture Reports to President Jokowi on Stability Pricing ahead of Ramadhan
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Tuesday, April 03 2018 - 17:00 IWST
Menteri Pertanian Amran Sulaiman dan Presiden Jokowi (Foto (Humas)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman faces President Joko Widodo to report efforts to stabilize food prices against Ramadan and Idul Fitri Day 1439 Hijri.
"To stabilize prices against the holy month of Ramadan and Idul Fitri, we report that we have met associations, meat associations, chickens, eggs, rice, all strategic food and we agree," said Amran after being called by the President at the Presidential Palace of Jakarta on Monday / 4/2018).
He also admitted his side has signed an agreement with Vice Governor of DKI Jakarta Sandiaga Uno to keep prices stable.
"Even the Vice Governor said if necessary more stable than last year, God willing, the stock has been prepared from the beginning," said Amran.
Minister of Agriculture also claimed to cut the distribution chain from the region to avoid price fluctuations ahead of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
"The stock we have to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, the stock is up from 30-40 percent total requirement, to anticipate price fluctuations. We work from the beginning," he said.
The Minister also admitted that rice stock is safe because it is currently the peak of the harvest and specifically for imported garlic has been prepared from now.
"Then the onion, the meat we prepare from now. (Meat) We have prepared 100 thousand tons," he said.
He also said his side with the local government would intervene if there was a price fluctuation in the market and even market operations would be done from scratch.
"Yes we prepare, intervention when prices rise, we cooperate with the Government of DKI, market operations from now instead of Ramadan later, we must be earlier," he said.
According to him, some local commodities have been able to export, so no reason to raise prices because there is no supply.
"There is no reason anymore, the price of chicken is rising, the eggs are rising, the red onion is rising, the chilli is enough, now we are exporting, we used to import, now export, so there is no reason for the price to rise, export corn," he said.
Minister of Agriculture admitted that onion has been exported to six countries, so that it can encourage farmers' welfare and national economic growth.