Commodity availability stable, vice trade minister says


Surakarta, Central Java (ANTARA) – Deputy Commerce Minister Jerry Sambuaga assured that the availability of commodities is currently relatively stable compared to the previous month and has had a positive impact on price stability.

“One of them is cooking oil in bulk. Traders are selling it at Rp 11,700 per litre, and the price is below the retail price ceiling (HET) set by the government, which is Rp 14. 000 Rp per liter”, he informed on the site. on the sidelines of an inspection of the Legi market here on Saturday.

Sambuaga said he hopes the cooking oil price alignment with the HET can be followed by more markets.

“This is in line with the direction of President Joko Widodo so that bulk cooking oil is always available and the public can buy it at an affordable price,” he added.

Moreover, the prices of other staples, such as shallots, garlic and peppers, are also relatively stable. Shallots are priced at Rp 45,000 per kilogram and garlic at Rp 17,000 per kilogram, he noted.

Meanwhile, curly red chillies are priced at Rp 45,000 per kilogram, large red chillies at Rp 45,000 per kilogram, and bird’s eye red chillies at Rp 33,000 per kilogram.

Regarding the availability of commodities until the end of the year, he affirmed that the ministry is working to ensure that the needs of the community are met.

“The most important thing is that we maintain the availability of people’s basic needs. Don’t let the availability encounter problems. After checking earlier, the stock is safe,” he remarked.

In addition, he also underlined the importance of monitoring the distribution of commodities. The ministry is working to ensure that there are no barriers to distribution.

“We maintain a smooth distribution and supply chain and, of course, we coordinate with local governments and other stakeholders,” the deputy minister said.

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