Gov’t begins to distribute bulk cooking oil at Rp14,000 per liter

The government has begun to distribute bulk cooking oil at Rp14,000 per liter through a pilot project that targets 5 thousand locations across Indonesia.

The government has assigned state-owned food company BUMN Pangan ID FOOD to carry out the pilot project of bulk cooking oil distribution to 5 thousand places, Deputy Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Pahala Mansuri said in a written statement on Sunday.

The pilot project that kicked at the weekend will last until late May 2022.

The 5 thousand locations cover traditional markets in North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Bengkulu, Lampung, Banten, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

To distribute the bulk cooking oil to the public, the government will assign cooking oil retailers as the partners of the state-owned food company.

“”Not only large scale traders or businessmen but also retailers or (small) shops and even micro small and medium entrepreneurs can become partners of the state-owned food company to distribute (bulk) cooking oil,” he said.,

He said the issue of cooking oil not only deals with scarcity but also price stability since many small shops and retailers still sell cooking oil at above the upper retail price.

The government encouraged the state-owned food company to expand the market for bulk cooking oil until sub-district, neighborhood association (RT) and community unit (RW) levels.

In addition, the state-owned food company is also expected to prepare special platform through Warung Pangan app managed by the company to ensure the online distribution of cooking oil and monitor whether consumers can afford to buy cooking oil at Rp14,000 per liter.

Source: ANTARA News