The Jakarta Post
The Trade Ministry has confirmed its plan to set new ceiling prices for rice, cooking oil and garlic.
The ministry will coordinate with the Agriculture Ministry, which regulates staple food production.
Currently, the ministry has set ceiling prices for rice, bulk cooking oil and simple packaged cooking oil at Rp 9,500 per kilogram, Rp 10,500 per liter and Rp 11,000 per liter, respectively.
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The garlic ceiling price, meanwhile, has changed frequently because of unstable stocks imported from China and alleged hoarding and price-fixing practices by certain importers.
"We don't want to be played by garlic importers anymore. We won't let only certain importers dominate 60 to 70 percent of the market. Never," Trade Minister Enggartiasto "Enggar" Lukita said recently as quoted by Tribunnews.com.
Currently, garlic importers need to apply for import documents at the Agriculture Ministry and Trade Ministry. (rbk/bbn)