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Jakarta Post

Calls mount to suppress increase of basic food prices ahead of Ramadan

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27, 2020   /  03:15 pm
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Half down: Workers sort garlic at Bitingan Market in Kudus, Central Java, in this file photo.(Antara/Yusuf Nugroho )

Businesspeople and experts are urging the government to control the prices of basic commodities, which have started to increase a month before Ramadan. Traditional Market Vendors Association (APPSI) vice chairman Sarman Simanjorang said a recent wave of panic buying had caused a decline in the supply of basic commodities, with people buying more than usual over fears that the government’s effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 could disrupt the supply chain. “Honestly, we’re all panicking in the face of this coronavirus. Everyone is burdened, especially the public. Don’t make the people worry about an insufficient supply of basic necessities amid this current difficult situation,” Sarman said on Thursday, adding that the government must maintain the people's purchasing power. Sarman’s woes echo similar calls to ensure there is a suffici...