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Fixing the Rice Economy

After almost three years the working Cabinets rice economy policies have yet to move forward in any significant way The strategies for boosting production and stabilizing prices have yet to improve farmers and public welfare The 2014-2019 Mid-Term Development Plan RPJM and President Jo

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Nicolaus Gogor Seta Dewa for Kompas

A rice trade at Palmerah Market, Central Jakarta, Monday (4/9). Despite the enactment of the highest retail price policy since September 1, 2017, not all traders in the market sell rice in line with the government-set prices.

After almost three years, the working Cabinet’s rice economy policies have yet to move forward in any significant way. The strategies for boosting production and stabilizing prices have yet to improve farmers’ and public welfare.

The 2014-2019 Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJM) and President Joko Widodo’s instructions in the limited cabinet meeting on food affairs on Jan. 26, 2017, are yet to be properly implemented. The Agriculture Ministry was given a mandate “to determine long-term production strategy and agriculture (development) strategy, to produce agricultural products with high economic value, to protect farmers and to provide a variety (of crops) to improve their earnings”. The Trade Ministry was ordered “to produce a (policy) design that can ensure proper and normal prices for consumers”, while the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister was asked “to ensure a singular vision related to productivity, competitiveness and welfare improvement.”

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