Red Onions Become Contributors of Inflation in Padang

By : Hariyanto And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, May 02 2018 - 19:00 IWST

Bawang Merah (Ist)
Bawang Merah (Ist) - Padang - Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) in West Sumatera explained in April 2018 Padang experienced 0.01 percent inflation contributed by the rising of onion price.

Head of BPS West Sumatera, Sukardi in Padang, Wednesday (2/5/2018) mentioned in addition to onion, gasoline also trigger inflation with a share of 0.04 percent, 0.02 percent of cars, 0.02 percent of garlic and white cigarettes 0, 02 percent.

On the other hand during April a number of other commodities experienced a decrease in prices such as red pepper, jengkol, anchovy, ayambras meat, detergent soap, cayenne pepper, tuna, beans, wet shrimp, leek and other commodities.

He explained from 23 cities in Sumatra 13 cities experienced inflation and the highest occurred in Pangkal Pinang of 1.01 percent and the lowest in the city of Padang by 0,01 percent.

"Padang is ranked 13th of all cities experiencing inflation in Sumatra and the 53rd nationally," he continued.

Meanwhile, based on the observation of the last two weeks, the price of onion at Pasar Raya Padang penetrates the number Rp38.000 per kilogram or up Rp18.000 from the normal price of Rp20.000 per kilogram since the last two weeks.

"The skyrocketing price of the onion is due to the supply of less than the central area of ​​Solok District," said one trader at Pasar Raya Padang, Rizal.

According to him, the lack of onion supply in Padang is caused by the stock from Solok regency distributed outside the region such as Java Island so that the price is now quite soaring.

He mentioned since the last two weeks the price of onion continues to jump from the normal price of Rp20,000 per kilogram to Rp28.000 per kilogram, then Rp34.000 per kilogram and currently reaches Rp38.000 per kilogram.

"People have started complaining about the high price of this onion," he said.

In line with that, West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno asked the regents and mayors in the area to be more concerned with inflation and not to allow the factors that could trigger it.

"When food prices rise erratically, people cannot afford to buy, it happens because the regional heads do not care and let alone, to cope with inflation it must be together, he explained.

He asked the regional head to always follow up every result of the meeting of the Regional Inflation Control Team because the goal is for the good of society.

"Leaders should care about this, do not get the autopilot own way without feeling the presence of the head of the region," he said.

He added that the control of inflation in addition to the comfortable community will also create a conducive investment climate as prices stabilize so that capital owners can estimate when the money back.

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