"The price of garlic today and yesterday was Rp60 thousand per kilogram, a week ago the price was Rp50 thousand per kilogram and before that the price was still normal at around Rp30 thousand," said Division head of Trade, Cooperative Office of MSME Trade and Industry, Pesisir Selatan, Hendro Kurniawan in Painan on Wednesday.
The increase in the price of garlic has not affected the prices of other needs such as rice, chili, cooking oil, meat, onions and so on.
The price of rice per kilogram for good quality is still Rp. 15,500 per kilogram, medium quality is Rp. 12,500 and ordinary quaity is Rp. 12 thousand, while chili is Rp. 35 thousand per kilogram, as well as the prices for other necessities are still normal.
Handling the price increase of garlic can not be done independently in the area, it is different if the price increase occurs to chili, onion, rice and others.
"Garlic is an export commodity so that the handling is more appropriate to be carried out by the central government, while if the price of chilli, shallots, rice and other prices so we can carry out market operations," he said.
Deputy Governor of W Sumatra, Nasrul Abit, said, the increase in the price of garlic was triggered by a lack of garlic stocks and the local province is still dependent on imports.
He conveyed, although the supply of garlic in W Sumatra was an imported product, it was safe from disease. Especially corona virus because garlic in W Sumatra comes from India, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma.
"The authority of imports is on the central government while the regional governments only accept supplies and now the stock of garlic is empty," he added.
Transletedby: Mutiara Ramadhani
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