When El Nino Threat Impacts Rising Food Prices, Accusations of Crop Failure to National Inflation

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AMPONTOONS.COM reporter, Nitis Hawaroh

AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicts that the dry season or El Nino in 2023 will come sooner than before.

The peak of this year’s dry season is known to occur in August 2023. The BMKG also estimates that the precipitation that falls in the dry season will be drier than usual.

This obviously has an impact on the agricultural sector in Indonesia. As stated by Commerce Minister (Mendag) Zulkifli Hasan, this El Nino will affect food production and market prices.

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“I inform you that it is now entering the El Nino season, the heat in India is extraordinary,” the trade minister told reporters some time ago.

“But in Asia, India, China, Southeast Asia, the weather is very hot. We are afraid it will affect food production, so we are just prepared (food prices will go up),” Zulkifli said.

According to him, food production is expected to decrease significantly. Therefore, it is guaranteed that the laws of the market apply, i.e. that decreasing supply causes prices to rise.

“Garlic in China costs twice the normal price,” he said.

“Maybe the price will go up, so people don’t be surprised,” he continued.

Recently, in fact, the Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo has formed a task force to deal with the threat of El Nino.

Agriculture Minister Syahrul stressed that the formation of a land-based task force is important to be formed immediately. This is because Indonesia has a different geographical character in each region.

“I called for the formation of a task force in each region. We have to sit down together to formulate everything, starting from the mapping of the area, the institutional concept, up to the action plan,” said Syahrul Yasin Limpo.

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IKAPPI warns of the threat of crop failure

On the other hand, the threat of El Nino is in the spotlight of traders who are members of the Central Leadership Council of the Indonesian Market Traders Association (DPP IKAPPI).

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