Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) - Lampung Governor Arinal Djunaidi has asked city and district governments in the province to continuously focus on controlling inflation, especially ahead of Ramadan in March.

"The current inflation in Lampung province in January 2023 stood at 5.95 percent (yoy) and is ranked as the fifth lowest in Sumatra (island)," he said in a statement received on Thursday.

According to him, the commodities that have contributed the most to inflation are foods, beverages, rice, red chillies, shallots, and chicken eggs.

As of Tuesday, the prices of several commodities showed an upward trend compared to the previous week. The commodities that need to receive attention are cooking oil, curly red chillies, red bird's eye chillies, and green bird's eye chillies.

"It is essential to encourage the relevant institutions and districts and cities to synergize in building communication to keep inflation under control and maintain people's purchasing power, especially ahead of Ramadan," he said.

All parties need to maintain the prices of commodities that can trigger an increase in inflation, especially ahead of Ramadan and religious holidays, Djunaidi added.

He stated that swift action is needed to tackle the limited supply of food commodities and maintain food price stability, especially in regions with high inflation rates.

"Immediately handle commodities that can trigger inflation. Then, city and district governments, relevant institutions, and entrepreneurs, we all must synergize to protect Lampung from inflation jointly," he added.

He said that, apart from carrying out meetings to discuss inflation control, it is also necessary to maintain food reserves in order to maintain price stability, encourage business actors to maintain supply and prices, and ensure that regional governments carry out routine monitoring of prices.

"Let us protect our region, do not let any commodity trigger (a spike in the) inflation rate due to an increase in price and scarcity of supply," the governor added.

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