Thursday, 21 March 2019 | 21:01 WIB

Ahead of December to January Shallot Production Remains Surplus

Illustration: Shallots

JAKARTA, NNC - Ahead of December to January, the Ministry of Agriculture together with relevant agencies has been preparing to secure the supply of basic foodstuffs.

Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman even asked his staff to be fully prepared to secure food supplies especially ahead of the national religious holidays. Minister of Agriculture targets the supply of all staple food during Christmas and New Year 2019 to be safely controlled, including shallots.

"In the past two years, the supply of shallots has proven to be abundant and sufficient. Various parties have appreciated it, even during the holidays. Fasting [Ramadan] month, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas and New Year are all safe," said Director General of Horticulture Suwandi when contacted at Jakarta, Tuesday (11/20/2018).

He said he was optimistic that in Christmas and New Year the supply of shallots would also be back under control. "Shallot supply nationwide for Christmas and New Year will be filled from Brebes, Cirebon, Demak, Garut, Nganjuk, Pati, Enrekang, Probolinggo to Solok, West Sumatra centers which are harvested from the end of November to the end of December 2018", said Wandi, as he familiarly called. The total national demand for the December 2018-January 2019 period is estimated at 165 thousand tons, while national availability is estimated at 190 thousand tons.

Suwandi explained for the needs of Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta), it calculates around 8 thousand tons per month, equivalent to harvests of around 800-900 hectares. "For example, in Mijen and Karanganyar sub-districts of Demak alone it will harvest no less than 2,000 hectares in December. Brebes will have more than 1,500 hectares to be harvested until the end of December. Especially when entering January, it will be followed by harvest period in Brebes, estimated from 7,000 hectares. Likewise in Nganjuk, Cirebon, Majalengka and other centers all harvest", he explained optimistically.

"We have calculated from 14 centers of shallot suppliers to Jabodetabek, after deducting local consumption needs, production in December will still have a surplus of more than 31 thousand tons and in January a surplus of more than 96 thousand tons. The remaining surplus will support market supply outside Jabodetabek. So the point is that for the community to be calm and happy because the supply of shallots is guaranteed safe," concluded he.