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Farmers Hard Hit by Pandemic

Farmers have been under pressure due to the decline in commodity prices caused by the disruption of distribution and sluggish demand.

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Abas, 45, a chicken farmer in Kampung Kandang, feeds around 3,000 days-old-chicks on Tuesday (28/4/2020) at his farm in Depok, West Java. The farm gate price of fresh chicken meat has dropped to around Rp 10,000 per kilogram, far below the reference price of Rp 19,000-Rp 21,000 per kg, whereas Abas’farm has a production cost of around Rp 15,000 per kg. The price fall is a result of to the Covid-19 large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which has caused the demand for fresh chicken to drop, primarily among restaurants and food kiosks. 

Farmers have been under pressure due to the decline in commodity prices caused by the disruption of distribution and sluggish demand. Farm gate prices need to be protected to save farmers and the sustainability of food production.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The prices of a number of commodities, such as eggs and chicken, corn, fish, rice, and chili, have plummeted at the farm gate. Supply has begun to rise due to the start of the harvest season, but demand has fallen because of the emergency measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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