TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-State Logistics Agency director Djarot Kusumayakti said on Friday, October 2, that the rice stocks at Bulog had reached 1.7 tons, which would meet demands on rice for the next six months.
According to Djarot, the claim was based on an ideal calculation considering the length of stocks and the quality of rice. Djarot added that the calculation was based on the interval of harvesting seasons.
“The ideal length for rice stock is six months, because we can manage to hold the stock,” he said.
Djarot also ensured that the quality of the rice stocked in six months.
“We don’t want to stock rice in a huge amount with poor quality. Bulog is responsible to maintain [the quality of rice],” Djarot added.
President Joko Widodo called on public not to spread a rumor saying that Bulog had no sufficient rice.
“Our rice stocks are safe. So, don’t spread any rumors saying that we don’t have it,” Jokowi said when inspecting Bulog warehouse in Sunter, Jakarta.
Despite being confident with the rice stock, Bulog had continued to absorb rice from farmers in Karawang, Central Java, and East Java in a bid to secure the rice stocks from the impact of El Nino this year.