Dear Mr. President, Why is the Price of Rice Going Up and Cooking Oil Going Missing?

- 01 February 2023 19:55 WIB
Illustration. A row of cooking oil at a store.
Illustration. A row of cooking oil at a store.

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Prices of goods and basic food ingredients are quietly creeping up. It is not pulling any punches, the foodstuffs that have increased in price are the foodstuffs that are consumed daily by the people of Indonesia, namely rice and cooking oil.

"(The price) of our oil and rice has skyrocketed, boss," said the account owner @andrikasiswanto when writing a comment on the Instagram upload of Indonesian Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan, @zul.hasan, recently.

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At that time, the Minister of Trade uploaded photos when he visited Cisalak Market, Depok, West Java.

An ayam penyet (crushed chicken) seller in Ciamis, West Java, said that he was shocked when he bought rice. Previously, buying 1 kilogram of rice required Rp 10,500. Now, to buy rice, Rp 12,000 – Rp 14,000 per kilogram is needed. That means the increase in rice prices reached the range of 12.5 percent to 25 percent.

Besides rice, he really needs cooking oil. Because in his business, the way of processing ayam penyet is by frying it. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of subsidized cooking oil under the brand Minyak Kita are unknown. So far, the price of our oil is IDR 15,000 at the nearest shop and IDR 14,000 per liter at the supermarket, which has greatly facilitated his business.

Rice that is a bit dull is now IDR 12,000 per kilogram. If you want brightly colored rice, you have to pay Rp. 14,000 per kilogram. Just found out there is a price increase like this. Meanwhile, Our Oil is empty in Ciamis," he said.

Similar news was received from a grocery shop in Purwakarta, West Java, at a shop selling rice wholesale.

“In the past, the price of rice per sack containing 25 kilograms could be sold for IDR 225,000, now it has to be sold for IDR 280,000. That means an increase of 24 percent," he said.

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Later, on January 30, 2023, the Trade Minister held a special meeting to discuss cooking oil prices with the National Food Agency (BAPANAS) and cooking oil producers. The aim is to find a solution so that cooking oil prices do not soar again. This is even more urgent because it is approaching the month of fasting and Eid for Muslims.

“Later, I heard that there have been complaints from the public about the rising price of cooking oil. "Earlier, we agreed with the producers to meet domestic demand for cooking oil at prices that are in accordance with the government's HET," he said. ***

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