TEMPO.CO, Serang - Beef sellers in Banten Province has agreed to go on a four-day strike starting Aug. 9 to 12, 2015. The act is a form of protest towards the government due to a continuous climb in beef prices.
“The strike is due the increase in beef prices in markets. Currently, beef or buffalo meat reaches Rp120,000 to Rp130,000 per kilogram. Where previously it only cost Rp95,000,” Joint Chairman of Meat Entrepreneurs Banten Province Aeng Haeruzzaman said Tuesday, Aug. 11.
The rise in beef prices, said Aeng, is the aftermath from the goverment’s policy that shuts down cow import. “I hope that with this strike, the government will soon give a greenlight on cow import so that prices will return normal,” said Aeng.
The strikes are conducted in some areas in Banten including Cilegon City, Lebak District and Serang City, Pandeglang District.
Head of Industy Trade Service Banten Province Manshuri suspected a monopoly price done by entrepreneurs and meat importers behind the current rise in beef prices. “We are conducting inspections to all companies and warehouses that belonged to entrepreneurs and meat importers,” said Manshuri.
The alleged trick done by entrepreneurs and importers have caused an increase in beef prices, once the government issued a police to halt beef import.
Previously, a number of beef sellers in the area of Jakarta, Bandung, and Bogor also went on a strike.