BIEL-Ad-For-Web-300x281Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Mr. Amran Sulaiman has made sure that there is no price increase on basic commodities, including rice. He said that the available rice supply reaches 2.2 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT).The minister has also askedthe Bureau of Logistics (Bulog), that is a government-owned company in Indonesia which deals with food distribution and price control, to stop selling 200 thousand MT of commercial rice, as the sale of commercial rice will reduce the price of rice.”I want Bulog to stop selling 200,000 MT of commercial rice, as it creates deflation,” Amran said in Jakarta recently.

Mr. Amran explained that the decline in rice prices harms farmers and one of the areas that are affected by the sale of commercial rice is West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).”Farmers there are already under pressure, and they are now also hit by the effect of commercial sales rise. Our job here is to become price stabilizers,” said Amran.