Recipe for Disaster
Findings by Tempo from its investigation into garlic imports prove that the commodities import quota system should not be continued.
THIS system provides loopholes for corruption and is a cash cow for rent seekers. In the end, consumers and the public lose out. Under the quota system, commodity imports come under the control of a few people who can hoard goods and flood the market whenever they choose.
This mistake began from a fundamentally flawed concept. In 2017, when Amran Sulaiman was minister of agriculture, the government proclaimed its support for self-sufficiency for...