President Jokowi inspects Lawang Agung market, North Musi Rawas regency, South Sumatra province, Thursday (05/30). (Photo by: BPMI Presidential Secretariat/ Muchlis Jr)

As part of his working visit to South Sumatra province, President Joko โ€œJokowiโ€ Widodo Thursday (05/30) visited the Lawang Agung traditional market in North Musi Rawas regency to monitor food prices and stocks.

โ€œThe price situation is good. I noted cayenne pepper is still available with the price of Rp55,000, green and red chili at Rp50,000. Meanwhile, garlic is available at Rp40,000 and Rp45,000 for onion,โ€ President Jokowi told the journalists.

According to the President, the working visit also highlighted local infrastructure. โ€œWe just visited the regional general hospital; this (market visit) certainly also has such a purpose. Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing will carry out inspections here later,โ€ he added.

In addition, Oka Evrita, one of the MSME hawkers who trades at the market, said that President Jokowi appreciated the packaging of her sweet potato chips.

โ€œMr. President told me that the packaging is already good,โ€ Oka said.

The inspection shows the Governmentโ€™s commitment to directly monitor economic and infrastructure conditions across the country, especially in traditional markets which serve as a barometer of the peopleโ€™s economy. (BPMI Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (GWH/MUR)

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