JAKARTA - The government will continue to monitor the supplies and prices of food ahead of Eid al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) which will fall on Tuesday amid the expanded emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat) period.
As of July 14, Data from the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS) reported a drop in consumer price of some commodities such as beef quality 1 with Rp 1750 price drop, green chili pepper with Rp 150 price drop, and fresh chicken meat with Rp 250 price drop.
Meanwhile, some other commodities such as medium size shallot, cooking oil, sugar, and so forth do not experience any price changes.
Although, indeed, several commodities are experiencing an increase in consumer price with no significant changes. Those with increased prices include egg and red chilli.
"Such an increase in price is quite reasonable. The chili supply, in particular, will increase considering that the harvest season will take place in the next few weeks. In addition, with an increased demand on food ahead of Eid Al-Adha, an increase in price is inevitable and still the price range is relatively acceptable," said Deputy Chief of Staff for Economy of the Executive Office of the President (KSP) Panutan Sulendrakusuma, at the Bina Graha Building, Jakarta, on Wednesday (14/7).
In addition to these factors, operating hours in several markets located in cities impacted by PPKM are changing as well, affecting the distribution of supply and the fulfilment of demand which further fluctuates the market price.
"KSP and related ministerial offices will be actively in coordination to ensure affordable food prices and sufficient food supply during the PPKM," said Panutan.
He went on to say that the central government through the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to work together with local governments in maintaining food security ahead of Eid al-Adha this month. The government also guarantees the availability of staple food for the society.
"In addition, KSP will continuously monitor the National Strategic Programs on Food and relentlessly support the development in the agricultural sector throughout the PPKM periods," he added.
The agricultural sector has shown resilience during the pandemic crisis by showing a steady growth of 2.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) so far. The sector has managed to cushion the Indonesian economy by becoming one of the five main business sectors which contributes around 64.13% of the current country’s economy. National data also revealed that the agricultural export has grown to 13,39 percent and valued up to US$1,62 billion in the first five months of this year. The figure is higher in comparison to last year’s US$1,42 billion of the same period.