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Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirus

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 15 2020   /  01:48 am
Come and get it: Junaidi, 50, a garlic seller at Batu central market in East Java, arranges his stock of locally produced garlic on Wednesday. He sells the garlic for Rp 30,000 (US$2.19) per kilogram and has rapidly become a customer favorite, especially after the price of imported garlic from China soared to Rp 45,000 per kg following the novel coronavirus outbreak. (JP/Aman Rochman)(US$2.19) per kilogram and has rapidly become a customer favorite, especially after the price of imported garlic from China soared to Rp 45,000 per kg following the novel coronavirus outbreak. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Come and get it: Junaidi, 50, a garlic seller at Batu central market in East Java, arranges his stock of locally produced garlic on Wednesday. He sells the garlic for Rp 30,000 (US$2.19) per kilogram and has rapidly become a customer favorite, especially after the price of imported garlic from China soared to Rp 45,000 per kg following the novel coronavirus outbreak. (JP/Aman Rochman)The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has rejected claims that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has diminished garlic supplies from China, which had been blamed for a price spike of the commodity in Indonesia.KPPU commissioner Guntur Saragih said garlic demand and consumption were relatively stable. Instead, he blamed slow import realization for the scarcity, which he said had already happened before the virus broke out.The watchdog said the government had just issued an import recom...