Puti Aini Yasmin, Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government (DKI) through the company PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya is importing garlic from China. Approximately how much will this garlic cost by the time it reaches the Indonesian market?
According to the Director for Horticulture at the Agricultural Ministry, Suwandi, the price of garlic from China is priced between 5-6,000 rupiah (Rp) per kilogram, but by the time it leaves the port this will have risen to between 8-11,000 rupiah per kilogram.
Then, by the time it reaches the market the price has jumped again to 23,000 rupiah a kilo.
“The price there (in China) is 5,000 to 6,000 rupiah per kilo. After it arrives here and leaves the port, its 8,000 to 10,000 rupiah per kg, yeah 11,000 rupiah per kg at the most”, he told Detik Finance on Thursday July 5.
“Normally by the time it reaches the market it’s 23,000 rupiah per kilogram”, explained Suwandi.
The procurement of imported garlic from China will continue until December totalling some 10,000 tons. 870 tons will be imported in the initial stage.
“It’s planned that by July we’ll try bringing in 10 containers. One container contains 29 tons so the total will be 290 tons. For July it’s estimated that that the 30 containers will amount to 870 tons”, said PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya Executive Director Arief Prasetyo Adi.
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was Di China Bawang Putih Rp 6.000/Kg, Masuk RI Jadi Rp 23.000/Kg.]