West Java food stocks in surplus ahead of Christmas: official

West Java food stocks in surplus ahead of Christmas: official

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil during a visit to a traditional market to review the prices of staple goods. (ANTARA/HO-DKPP Jawa Barat)

Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - The stocks of 11 strategic food commodities are in surplus in 27 districts and cities ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the West Java Food Security and Animal Husbandry Office (DKPP) has said.

"As of the end of November 2022, based on balance application data inputted by districts/cities, on average, 11 strategic food commodities have experienced a surplus," the office's head, Moh Arifin Soedjayana, informed here on Thursday.

The 11 strategic food commodities comprise rice, corn, shallots, chicken, beef, chicken eggs, sugar, large chili and bird's eye chili, cooking oil, and garlic.

As per the office’s records, West Java currently has 199,620 tons of rice as against a demand of 84,901 tons. Thus, there is a surplus of 114,119 tons. The office pegged the selling price of rice at Rp10,830 per kilogram.

"There are several regions experiencing a rice deficit, such as Bandung district, Sukabumi district, Cianjur, and Cimahi city, then the rest are surplus," Soedjayana said.

The stocks of shallots are also in surplus in the province, reaching 5,258 tons against the demand of only 4,392 tons. The selling price of shallots has been recorded at Rp30,321 per kilogram.

Meanwhile, the availability of beef is 3,340 tons against a demand of 2,454 tons, or a surplus of up to 886 tons. The commodity is priced at Rp133,883 per kilogram. Then, for chicken eggs, the stocks are 14,593 tons while the demand is 13,042 tons.

Soedjayana assured that the DKPP is continuing to monitor and check the safety of animal products ahead of Christmas and New Year in collaboration with regional government organizations and other relevant agencies.

Based on the monitoring, the availability of animal products is still safe, and the price fluctuation is still relatively normal. "Of course, we will continue to monitor and ensure the availability and safety of food ahead of Christmas and New Year are guaranteed," he said.

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