Jambi (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), during a visit to Talang Banjar Market, Jambi city, asked the regional government to help fund the supply of food logistics to the market through the regional budget (APBD).

"For controlling staple food prices, regions can help fund their distribution from the production site to the market," he said here on Tuesday.

Inflation must continue to be controlled to maintain people's purchasing power, he added.

After he reviewed food prices at Talang Banjar Market, he said that the prices of food, except for eggs, in the market have tended to decline.

"The price of eggs went up a bit," he said.

The President asked the Jambi governor and the city mayor to keep monitoring the price of staples in the market to ensure affordability.

Based on ANTARA's monitoring of the market, the price of chicken eggs in Talang Banjar Market has reached Rp1,800 per piece, an increase of Rp200 per piece.

While in Jambi, President Widodo also visited a public vocational high school (SMKN) and inspected damaged roads.

He ordered clothes made by two students of SMKN 4 Jambi city during a visit to observe teaching and learning activities there.

While observing a fashion class, the President became interested in students' handmade items and asked that they be sent to the State Palace in Jakarta.

In addition to the fashion class, the President also observed culinary, hospitality, beauty and spa classes, where some students were carrying out practicums.

Meanwhile, the Statistics Indonesia (BPS) office of Jambi province recorded that the combined inflation of Jambi city and Muaro Bungo in April 2023 was controlled at 0.15 percent (mtm), influenced by lower food prices at the intervention of the Regional Inflation Control Team.

BPS said that food prices in Jambi are generally stable, except for some commodities like rice.

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