The Jakarta Post
A number of chicken traders in Bandung, West Java announced a plan to go on strike for three days starting on Friday on account of a lack of supply and price increase of the commodity, tempo.co reported on Thursday.
“The price started to increase before Christmas Day,” said Euis, a chicken trader at Kardon Market in Bandung on Thursday.
Euis and other chicken traders had informed their customers about the plan. She said some customers had purchased a three-day stock ahead of the planned strike.
The traders were forced to halt operations because the suppliers had informed them that they would not supply the traders.
The price of broiler chicken normally stood between Rp 35,000 (US$2.5) and Rp 36,000 per kilogram, while it currently reached Rp 39,000 per kg. Euis expressed the hope that the government would soon seek a solution to reduce the price.
According to Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 27/2017, the price ceiling for chicken was Rp 32,000.
Meanwhile, National Chicken Breeders Association secretary-general Sugeng Wahyudi said the price increase of chicken had been caused by an increase in production costs. (bbn)