President Joko Widodo has promised that prices of staples such as sugar and garlic, which in the past month has skyrocketed, will stabilize ahead of Ramadan in the coming month.
Referring to data from the National Strategic Food Price Information Center (PIHPS), a number of staples have experienced a price increase during this month. The average price of red chili in traditional markets saw a 27 percent increase compared to prices on March 3, 2020.
On top of that, the price of shallots has also risen up to Rp40,700/ kg. On the other hand, the price of garlic in the country still remains in the range of Rp45,000/ kg.
"We hope that next week everything will be normal and we must ensure that the logistics in distribution will be smooth, so that (food) staples are available in the markets," Jokowi said.
According to Jokowi, there has been a disruption in the distribution of staples due to road closure in several areas as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"I hope that the Minister of Home Affairs would warn the regions that blocked the road in their area, so that the logistics distribution will not be disrupted. I have reports from 3 regions, rice is disrupted because the road is closed. Please let the regional heads be informed of this," Jokowi added.