TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Agriculture Ministry has planned to hold a permanent cheap market after the Eid holiday to ensure that the market prices are in line with the amount of existing stocks.
“There will be cooperation between the Trade Ministry and the State Logistics Agency (Bulog),” Sykur Iwantoro, an expert staff of investment at the Agriculture Ministry, told Tempo on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
The cheap market, called “Pasar Tani Murah” (cheap farmers’ market), will be placed in several markets in Jakarta. The market will provide basic necessities, such as rice, sugar, onion, and meat supplied by Bulog, RNI and Berdikari.
The basic necessities sold at the cheap market will be sold in low prices since they will be directly taken from farmers.
For instance, the price of beef in domestic markets currently stands at Rp90,000 to Rp120,000 per kilogram.
“With the current stock, the price should be around Rp85,000 to Rp90,000 per kilogram,” Syukur said.
Syukur added that PT Berdikari has planned to build slaughterhouses started in Lampung to boost efficiency.
URSULA FLORENE SONIA