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Jakarta Post

Staple food prices drive inflation as Idul Fitri approaches

Petugas Pemadam Kebakaran kembali melakukan penyemprotan disinfektan di Pasar Induk Kramat Jati, Jakarta Timur (Senin, 22 Juni 2020). Di masa Pandemi Covid-19 yang belum tuntas, penyemprotan disinfektan terus dilakukan di Pasar Induk Kramat Jati sebagai pusat penjualan Sayuran dan Buah-buahan dan tempat berkerumunnya masyarakat guna memutus rantai virus Covid-19. Pemerintah Provinsi Jakarta dalam sepekan ini telah menutup sementara belasan pasar tradisional karena terindekasi adanya pedagang dan pembeli yang terkena virus Covid-19. (JP/P.J.Leo)
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman
Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

Indonesia’s inflation rate picked up in April amid growing demand for staple foods during Ramadan and nearing Idul Fitri, which is slated to start on May 13, although the increase remains muted compared to prepandemic levels due to the ongoing mobility restrictions.

Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported Monday that the consumer price index rose 0.13 percent in the month of April and 1.42 percent on an annual basis, both of which were lower than the inflation rates seen in April last year, when mobility restrictions were much tighter.

The food, beverage and tobacco expenditure group contributed 0.05 percentage points to the monthly rise in consumer prices, driven by chicken meat, cooking oil, oranges, grapes, papaya, filtered clove cigarettes, fresh fish and apples.

“The chicken meat price ro...

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