Padang, (Antara Sumbar) - Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) of West Sumatra Province noted the price of gabah (unhulled paddy separated from the stalks) in farmers' level in the area fell 4.32 percent during June 2017.
"Based on a survey of gabah producer prices from 126 observations of transactions in seven districts, West Sumatera region, in June 2017, dry paddy harvest prices fell from Rp5,232.00 per kilogram in May 2017 to Rp5,007.00 per kilogram," Head of West Sumatra BPS Sukardi stated in Padang, Tuesday (July 4).
Meanwhile, the gabah price of dry paddy harvests fell by 4.55 percent from Rp5,328.00 per kilogram to Rp5,086.00 per kilogram in June 2017.
Sukardi mentioned the name of area which becomes the location of price survey, namely South Pesisir, Solok, Padangpariaman, Agam, Tanah Datar, Limapuluh Kota, and Pasaman.
At farm level, he said, the highest price comes from Solok District, namely cisokan varieties of Rp6.300,00 per kilogram.
The lowest price comes from Pasaman District, which namely IR 64 variety worth Rp3.800,00 per kilogram.
According to him, based on Presidential Decree Number 5 of 2015 on the Procurement of Unhusked Rice, Rice and Rice Distribution by Government, government purchasing price (HPP) is effective on March 17, 2015 for dry harvested paddy Rp3.700,00 per kilogram at farmer level and milling level Rp3.750,00 per kilogram.
Based on the monitoring, there has been no case of gabah prices that are below the government's purchase price.
Earlier, members of Commission IV of the House of Representatives Hermanto asked Bulog to buy rice from local farmers in West Sumatra in accordance with cost of goods sold to improve the welfare of farmers.
"Moreover, West Sumatera is also a food granary and in some districts have rice surplus so it needs to be a concern of Bulog in order to realize the mandate of Food Law," he said.
In line with that, West Sumatra Bulog Chief, Benhur Ngkaimi said his party is ready to buy rice from local farmers.
However, during this constraint because the quality of good West Sumatra rice more absorbed by the market. (cha)
Editor: Vicha Faradika