The Price of Rice in the Traditional Market of Bandar Lampung Indonesia Continues to Crawl Up
Lampung - The price of rice at the Bandar Lampung City Traditional Market
continues to increase, this happens to both premium and medium category rice.
Budi (55), a rice seller
at the Tugu Market, explained that the increase in rice prices has occurred
gradually and has been going on since last October 2022.
"Now medium rice
has gone from 8,500 rupiah per kilogram to 11,500 rupiah per kilogram, for
premium rice from 12,000 rupiah per kilogram to 12,500 rupiah per
kilogram," said Budi. Thursday (19/1/23).
Budi explained that with
the price increase, many people prefer to reduce the amount of rice they buy.
For example, before
going up they bought 5 kilograms, now it is reduced to 3 kilograms. Budi
explained, for rice stock he admitted that he had no difficulty getting it,
it's just that the price from the distributor had indeed gone up so he just
The same thing was
conveyed by Suryati (41), a basic food seller at the Way Halim Traditional Market.
He revealed that the increase in rice had occurred since the last few months.
"Now for medium
rice, from previously 8,500 rupiah per kilogram, now it is 10,000 rupiah to
11,000 rupiah per kilogram, while for premium rice, from 10,000 rupiah, it is
now 12,000 rupiah to 13,000 rupiah per kilogram," explained Suryati.
Head of Industry and Trade Office of Lampung Province, Elvira Umihanni,
explained that regarding the increase in rice prices, her party would soon hold
a joint coordination meeting with the Lampung Police food task force.
"To find out more
where rice and unhulled rice from Lampung come out. And regarding the regional
regulation that prohibits unhusked rice from leaving the area, it does exist,
but in the regulation there are no criminal sanctions, so law enforcement
officers are not strong enough to enforce the regulation," she said.
Elvira explained that
there was no problem if rice from Lampung left the area. This is because
Lampung is one of the national food storage areas and participates in supporting
national food security.
"But what is
worrying is that rice from Lampung will leave Indonesia in an illegal form. Or
maybe there are parties who are trying to seek personal gain by holding the
rice in the warehouse and releasing it during Eid," he said.
According to him, logistics
affairs agency general company (Bulog) Regional Lampung has also dispensed rice
to control prices to several partners or Rumah Pangan Kita (RPK) at low prices.
However, this has not had much effect on price reductions.
Elvira said, maybe in
terms of volume it was also lacking. He admitted that his party had asked Bulog
to increase the volume.
According to him, from the recipient's side it might also be more effective if those who receive it directly are households rather than channeling it to partners. (*)
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