TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police Task Force Team will resort to enforcing the law if garlic prices do not decline in the next week. The team will investigate what is causing the surge in price and the decline in stock.
"The price of garlic is normally Rp40,000 to Rp45,000. If it rises to Rp80,000, could there be a cartel in practice or speculators?" the National Police Headquarters' Public Information Bureau chief, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, said here on Wednesday, May 8.
As Ramadan arrives, garlic price has begun to soar in several cities. At the Kramat Jati Market, Cibitung Market, and Tangerang Market, for example, Dedi said that the price of garlic jumped up from Rp55,212 to Rp60,976 per kilogram.