Jakarta Provincial Government with Trade Ministry and Agriculture Ministry launch rice market operation at Cipinang Rice Central Market (PBIC) on Tuesday (10/10).
" We are succeed to control the inflation. Price in this year's Eid is the lowest in history"
This market operation is held from October 2017 to March 2018. It will distribute 75 tons of rice with Rp 8,100 as the highest retail price per kilogram.
Jakarta Governor, Djarot Saiful Hidayat said, his side has controlled food price. Then for now, his side is focusing to maintain food stock.
"We are successfully controlling the inflation. Price in this year's Eid is the lowest in history," he said.
He explained, City has done various strategies to stabilize rice price in Jakarta. One of them is to keep rice and other food stocks in a certain storage and it will be distributed to market if goods in markets become scarce.
Food security program in Jakarta is not only to maintain price stability, he continued, but also to ensure people with low income also have a chance to get decent food.
Agriculture Minister, Amran Sulaiman added, recently his side encourages to change plant pattern and increase rice production. Such as in this dry season, four million hectares of rice field have entered standing crop phase.
"We can do harvest around 12 million tons in total. It is enough for five to six months. While January is rainy season, there will be massive harvest," he affirmed.
While Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita stated, his side could know the latest condition with certainty through this strong coordination. Together with stakeholders, his side can implement appropriate anticipatory steps, including to handle sellers who are looking for big profits and mafia who toys with food price in market.
"After HET price has been set and we do some persuasive steps, Jakarta will become a standard and Cipinang will be set as adjustment in price," he closed.