December 3, 2020, 06.44 PM

BANDUNG, KOMPAS.com – A food crisis is predicted to hit Indonesia's West Java next year as food-exporting countries cut off supplies to Indonesia.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil is on alert with the looming food shortage expected to occur.

During an event on December 3, Ridwan said that rice is the staple commodity that is most at threat as rice exporting countries such as Thailand and Vietnam are looking to cut off export supplies to meet their respective domestic demand.

Read also: Achieving Food Security in Indonesia Integral as Global Food Crisis Looms

To counter one of the first signs of an impending food crisis in Indonesia, Ridwan Kamil will host a virtual expo on the agricultural sector and commodities.

Around 20 companies that buy agricultural products will attend the expo, where each company will get the chance to buy directly from farmers while serving as mentors.

Farmers also have the chance to learn directly from the companies what goods should be cultivated to fulfill market demand.

Meanwhile, Herawanto, Head of the Bank Indonesia West Java Representative Office, said that the institution is still calculating the region’s inflation rate.

The country’s Central Statistics Agency’s inflation rate for the region for November 2020 stood at 1.99 percent year on year.

Read also: Indonesia’s West Java Remains Foreign Investors Choice Location despite High Minimum Wage

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