Import as a Last Resort
The lag in garlic supply has sparked price hikes. The Trade Ministry has yet to approve State Logistics Agency to start importing this staple spice.
A griculture Ministry’s Director-General for Horticulture, Suwandi, has been pushing for garlic imports. On Monday, May 13, this recommendation was issued for two companies to import some 30,000 tons of garlic. The following day, a similar document was prepared for another company. He had already recommended eight companies to import garlic in March, and another 11 in April.
“Recommendations have been issued for 21 companies...