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Challenges loom to maintain food supply until Idul Fitri

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 8 2020   /  01:43 am

Economists are warning against roadblocks that will endanger the supply of staple foods and push up prices as the Ramadan and Idul Fitri holiday season approaches and the coronavirus still grips the country.

Agriculture Ministry data indicates that there is a large enough supply of basic commodities until Ramadan and even a surplus of them, despite concerns over supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agriculture observers, however, are skeptical about the data. Bustanul Arifin, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Lampung (Unila), said stockpiling as a response to stricter social restrictions combined with the actual supply figure in the field would soon push up prices.

“Don’t play around with the staple food supply. Don’t let it be empty,” he warned.

Bustanul’s words reiterate numerous calls to ensure there is a su...