Minister of Agriculture Urges Bulog to Stop Selling Commercial Rice


Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman has made sure that there are no price increase on basic commodities, including rice. He said that the available rice supply reaches 2.2 million tons.

The minister has also asked Bulog to stop selling 200 thousand tons of commercial rice, as the sale of commercial rice will reduce the price of rice.

"I want Bulog to stop selling 200,000 tons of commercial rice, as it creates deflation," Amran said in Jakarta on Wednesday (5/3).

He added that the decline in rice prices harms farmers. Amran said one of the areas that are affected by the sale of commercial rice was West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

"Farmers there are already under pressure, and they are now also hit by the effect of commercial sales rise. Our job here is to become price stabilizers," said Amran.


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