Jakarta (ANTARA) - The state logistics board (Bulog) has made assurance of the stocks of rice and various other basic commodities are safe to cater to the demand during Eid al-Fitr festivities and also until late 2019.

"(Our rice stocks are) quite adequate. We have stocked over two million (tons of rice). The stocks will suffice until December (2019) and also the next harvest period," Bulog Director of Operations and Public Services Tri Wahyudi Saleh remarked in Jakarta on Thursday.

Moreover, Bulog has purchased 10 to 15 thousand tons of unhusked rice daily from farmers throughout Indonesia since several areas are yet in the harvest period, he noted.

Saleh further pointed to the stocks of sugar, wheat flour, and cooking oil being safe, and market intervention being conducted whenever the need arises.

"Yesterday, we had reviewed the (commodity prices) in Pasar Minggu, Jakarta. We obtained information that the price of sugar surged to Rp12,800 per kilogram. Shortly, thereafter, we supplied sugar there, and Alhamdulillah (thank God) the price decreased,” he added.

Beef stocks are also sufficient, and Bulog has set the highest price for it at Rp80 thousand per kilogram.

"We have checked (the price) in East Java and West Java. Beef was sold at Rp110 thousand per kilogram, and it did not come from Bulog," he added.


Translator: Sella Panduarsa Gareta, Suhart
Editor: Eliswan Azly
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