The minister monitored the prices of sembako in the company of Director General of Domestic Trade and East Nusa Tenggara Governor Frans Lebu Raya.
Following the observation, the trade minister stated that the prices of basic commodities in traditional markets in Kupang City are still stable during the fasting month.
"The price of rice is particularly lower than the highest retail price, and that is also the bulk of the local rice that the state logistics agency Bulog does not send," the minister informed reporters at the Oeba Market in Kupang.
He remarked that Bulog had also maintained stocks on standby, so in the event of any shortage, medium-quality rice in accordance with the highest retail price will be distributed.
"I have coordinated with Bulog here, and the rice stocks are still safe for the next three to four months," he noted. In addition, he remarked that the price of meat is still stable, with fresh meat`s price reaching Rp90 thousand per kilogram.
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"It is good-quality meat, and the price is a slightly below Rp80 thousand, so it is still stable. Hence, we do not need to send frozen meat, unless the price goes up, and the supply is reduced," he remarked.
According to the trade minister, the price of garlic and onion varies from place to place but is still within reasonable limits. "The price of chicken eggs and chicken meat is still high. In some areas of Java, it has come down, as we have urged the suppliers to supply them," he noted.
The trade minister ensured that the government will continue to maintain the prices of basic commodities in the market in order to ensure price stability. "I am grateful to the local government and Food Task Force that have continued to keep track of the prices of basic commodities so far," he noted.