Though Palm Cooking Oil is at HRP, The Sellers Complained

Though Palm Cooking Oil is at HRP, The Sellers Complained

InfoSAWIT, PADANG – Bulk palm cooking oil price and procurement in many regions, including in City of Padang, West Sumatera Province get better and it is the same with the highest retail price (HRP) as what the government instructed.

One bulk palm cooking oil in Pasar Raya Padang, Dayat told in a morning dialogue session broadcasted by RRI Sumbar, as quoted from the official page of Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU), yesterday.

Besides Dayat, in the morning dialogue, Head of KPPU Regional I, Ridho Pamungkas and Head of Industry and Trade Agency West Sumatera Province, Asben Hendri were the speakers.

Dayat confirmed that bulk palm cooking oil price in Pasar Raya Padang still refers to HRP and there is no issue about the stocks.

“It is in normal price and there is no issue in the stocks because we are helped by Food Taskforce of Industry and Trade Agency West Sumatera,” he said.

The issues for the sellers and consumers, as Dayat continued, are the administration process to purchase bulk palm cooking oil. One consumer should only buy 2 (two) kilograms only by providing ID numbers.

He thought, this would make bulk palm cooking oil buying difficult. He also complained about the digital application of warung pangan because it would put the traditional sellers aside. “There would be horizontal conflicts between modern retailers and traditional sellers,” Dayat said.

He compared the previous situation before and after bulk palm cooking oil price issue. Daya thought, before the price issue took place, in one day, many sellers could sell it seven tons per day.

Now the numbers increase to be 10 – 12 tons per day. After randomly investigating, as a matter of fact, many substituted to use bulk palm cooking oil from packaged palm cooking oil.

Asben Hendri, the Head of Industry and Trade Agency West Sumatera Province, told, HRP is Rp 14.000 per liter though there is no more subsidy.

To what Dayat complained, Asben emphasized, the limits to buy by providing ID numbers is that there would be equal distribution of bulk palm cooking oil.

“From the numbers and needs in Padang, they are surplus because there are four palm cooking oil producers to supply the needs but we have to have field monitoring,” Asben said.

Meanwhile, Head of KPPU Regional I, Ridho Pamungkas thought, what happened in the markets should be the input for the government.

KPPU would do the best by delivering suggestion and consideration for the government to improve the market structure in palm cooking oil industry, which is from the upstream.

He revealed that Central Bureau of Statistic and Ministry of Agriculture in 2019 revealed, there were gaps of land mastery between the planters themselves.

Ridho continued, the smallholders reached 99,92% of the stakeholders’ palm oil plantations but the smallholders mastered 41,35% areas. While the private plantation companies reached 0,07% only of their total palm oil plantations but mastered 54,42%.

"The numbers are much more than what the government mastered which reached 0,01% or mastered 4,23% of the total private plantations,” Ridho said. (T5)