Food stocks sufficient for Ramadhan: Minister

Food stocks sufficient for Ramadhan: Minister

There will be sufficient food stocks for Ramadhan, according to Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman, suggesting that food prices will remain stable during the Islamic fasting month.

"We have coordinated with heads of local markets to decide that the available stock of red chilies will be between 140 and 150 tons per day and 80 to 90 tons per day of shallots," Andia said as quoted by Antara after an unannounced inspection at Kramat Jati wholesale market in Jakarta on Monday.

The available stock of rice at Cipinang wholesale market, the minister added, would reach 3,500 tons per day during Ramadhan, far higher than the usual 2,500 tons.

Andi explained that he had conducted unannounced inspections at a number of markets in eastern Indonesia, and had found that food prices were reasonably stable ahead of Ramadhan.

"At Terong Market in Makassar and local markets in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi, before we carried out an inspection here, the prices were stable, thank God. Food supplies in those areas are sufficient ahead of Ramadhan," he said.

Andi said he had inspected a number of markets to monitor the available supply of foodstuffs including rice, shallots and red chilies.

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