Jokowi's Self-Sufficiency Promise Failed, Sugar Prices Rise

At the beginning of his administration, the President promised food self-sufficiency, including sugar, within three years from 2015. However, high imports of sugar this year indicate that President Jokowi’s promise of sugar self-sufficiency remains an unfulfilled promise.

Fatkhul Maskur

26 Feb 2024 - 20.26
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Jokowi's Self-Sufficiency Promise Failed, Sugar Prices Rise

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Bisnis, JAKARTA — Sugar prices have skyrocketed ahead of Ramadan month, which is set to arrive in around two weeks. High imports of sugar indicate that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s promise of sugar self-sufficiency remains only that—an unfulfilled promise.

The National Food Agency (Bapanas) reported that the retail consumption price of sugar as of Sunday (2/25/2024) had reached IDR17,940 per kg, up from IDR17,760 at the beginning of the month.

In comparison, sugar prices were IDR14,340 per kg at the start of the year and IDR11,783 per kg on average during the first year of Jokowi’s presidential term in 2014.

Indonesian Sugar Association (AGI) executive director Budi Hidayat had warned well in advance of the increasing risk of sugar prices in 2024, saying that its price could reach IDR20,000 per kilogram during Eid.

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