Jakarta to be Flooded with Rice Stock, National Food Agency Head Explains the Reasons
TEMPO.COJakarta - Head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas) Arief Prasetyo Adi said the government is mobilizing rice stocks from several regions to accommodate the needs in Jakarta. He declared the stock of rice coming to Jakarta later would be very substantial.
"Jakarta will soon be flooded with rice stock," said Arief after conducting market operations at the Cipinang Rice Market, East Jakarta, Monday, November 7, 2022.
South Sulawesi is one of the regions that will supply rice for Jakarta. According to Arief, South Sulawesi Governor Andi Sudirman Sulaiman has confirmed that his party has now sent 6 thousand tons of rice to Jakarta.
The rice stock, according to Andi, is already on the way to Jakarta. Then, the West Nusa Tenggara will shift its rice stock to Jakarta as much as 9,845 tons.
Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (Bulog), will also be sending the government's rice reserves (CBP) of as much as 14,000 ton to Cipinang Rice Market. Although he admits that the rice supply in Bulog is currently running low, he believes the government can immediately increase CBP stocks to 1-1.2 million tons by the end of 2022.
Arief explained the price of rice has increased upon the producer. Therefore, the government distributes CBP or Rice Availability of Supply and Price Stabilization (KPSH) in Bulog to intervene in the price on the market. He stated that there will be a continuation to supply KPSH rice to the biggest market in Jakarta as much as 3,000 tons per week.
The government is currently focusing on establishing a price of medium rice at about Rp8,900 per kilogram at the Cipinang Rice Main Market level. Meanwhile, in derivative markets in Jakarta, the price of medium rice is around Rp9,300 per kilogram. Bapanas itself planned to distribute it to 153 markets in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan assessed that the current rice stock is safe to meet domestic needs. "Rice is secure, plenty. At there (Cipinang Rice Main Market), all serve Bulog medium rice at a price of Rp8,900," stated Zulkifli. But for premium rice, Zulkifli admits the price still varies.
Zulkifli has visited markets in Makassar, South Sulawesi. There, he said, the price for medium rice is the same at Rp8,900 per kilogram. But there are also traders who charge Rp8,950 per kilogram specifically for plastic packaged rice which is five kilograms in size.
According to him, the price of rice in Central Java is similar to that in South Sulawesi, Rp8,900 and Rp8,950 for plastic packaged rice per five kilograms. "I've also gone to Wonosobo, Kebumen, and Purbalingga, the same price means that rice stocks are everywhere. It's safe," he said.
Based on Tempo monitoring on November 7, 2022, at 11:00, the Market Monitoring System and Basic Needs of the Ministry of Trade recorded that the average national price of medium rice as of November 4, 2022, was still at the level of Rp10,900 per kilogram. Meanwhile, Food Info Jakarta noted that as of November 7, 2022, the price of medium rice for IR I was Rp11,325 per kilogram, while the price of rice for IR III was Rp12,940 per kilogram, and rice for IR II was Rp10,489 per kilogram.
Date: 07-Nov-2022