The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has underlined the importance of maintaining food security and guaranteeing the welfare of farmers as producers.
Food security is important as the rise and fall of a country is dependent on the people's ability to have access to an affordable supply of food, the President said when opening a meeting at the State Palace on Tuesday.
"The state must take on the role of ensuring that the people do not find difficulty accessing food," he said, adding that ensuring the welfare of farmers should also be given serious attention so that they could become more productive.
Jokowi called on his relevant ministries to closely monitor distribution lines and ensure that “the they are not too long,” so that food commodities remained affordable for everyone.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Bank Indonesia (BI) launched a revamped online food price database on www.hargapangan.id.
Through the website, netizens can access updated information on the prices of 21 variants of 10 major food commodities, such as rice, garlic and beef. The data is obtained daily from 164 traditional markets in 82 cities across the country. (bbn)