Jakarta collaborates with neighboring regions to maintain food supply

We have established what we call contract farming. We plant our rice on their land and they have to sell the harvested rice to us.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The provincial authority of Jakarta is collaborating with neighboring regions in an effort to maintain food resilience in the capital.

Jakarta Provincial Food, Sea and Fisheries Office Chief Suharini Eliawati said the provincial authority is working with Cilacap district in Central Java to maintain rice stocks.

“We have established what we call contract farming. We plant our rice on their land, and they have to sell the harvested rice to us,” Eliawati informed on Friday.

Since nearly 98% of food in Jakarta is supplied from other regions, collaborations with other regions will be key to maintaining food resilience in Jakarta, she added.

The provincial authority has signed an agreement with the Cilacap authority to fill the rice stocks in Jakarta with the rice prices predetermined in the agreement, she informed. Jakarta could buy the surplus, if there is any, she added.

Apart from maintaining food resilience in Jakarta, the arrangement will also help keep the national inflation level under control.

Earlier, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said a total of 1.1 million residents of the capital would receive subsidized food benefits.

“The subsidized and affordable food parcel will be provided to 1.1 million beneficiaries and will be distributed from 312 points across Jakarta,” he said at Cipinang Kebembem Market in East Jakarta on Thursday (September 22). 2022.

The governor informed that the provincial market operator Pasar Jaya will deliver the packages to 159 out of 312 distribution points.

In addition, 108 distribution points will be opened in public apartments in Jakarta, 30 in the Thousand Islands region of the province, and a few more will be operated by the provincial meat and trading company Dharma Jaya.

The food parcels will include rice, meat, eggs, poultry, fish and milk, he noted.

If residents purchase the food from outside, they would have to spend Rp402,000 (US$26.9), but they will be able to buy it through the scheme for only Rp126,000 (US$8.4), Baswedan said.

“Therefore, the government has subsidized 276,000 rupees ($18.4), or nearly 70 percent of the total price,” the governor noted.

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