Farmers Stage a Protest to Reject Rice Imports

Importing rice has been proven to be ineffective in curbing consumer-level price hikes, prompting unions to urge the government to stop imports.

Ni Luh Anggela

21 Jan 2024 - 19.12
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Farmers Stage a Protest to Reject Rice Imports

Bisnis, JAKARTA — The Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) and the Labor Party staged a protest in front of the Agriculture Ministry in a move to reject rice import plans in 2024.

Angga Hermanda, chairman of SPI’s political and legal affairs department, argued that the government's justification for importing rice due to the El Nino phenomenon and a decrease in production is not acceptable to the farmers.

"Our farmers are still harvesting, and our prices are quite good. Our [unhusked] rice grains are in the range of IDR7,000 to IDR8,600 [per kilogram]," Angga told the media on Friday (19/1/2024).

According to Angga, rice prices at the farmer level has reportedly dropped in January 2024. In Indramayu, for example, prices have now dropped to IDR6,500 per kilogram. Meanwhile, in Banten, it is around IDR6,700 per kilogram. Previously, farmers were seeing prices in the range of IDR7,000 to IDR8,600 per kilogram.

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