TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Director of the Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (Buloag) Budi Waseso, admitted that he had obtained stories regarding rice smuggling to Timor Leste. The rice was smuggled to neighboring nations by Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara. In Timor Leste, the smuggled rice are being bought at Rp20,000 per kilogram.
Budi stated that the smuggling had precipitated losses to the Indonesian authorities and disrupted Bulog operations to suppress rice worth enhance. “This nation is attempting to satisfy the individuals’s wants however there are people who wished to take benefit, companies who did this can carry Bulog rice to exterior the nation,” Budi stated.
Budi admitted that he obtained the report concerning the smuggling from the Police. Nevertheless, he refused to supply additional particulars. Budi solely stated that he obtained the data after conducting a website go to to Cipinang Central Rice Market. Budi stated that investigation will proceed to be carried till the precise smuggler might be discovered.
Suspicions regarding the misappropriation of the rice has been raised since early 2023. Budi once more highlighted suspicions on the presence of a rice mafia, who precipitated rice costs to soar regardless of the extra shares from import.
Final week, Budi performed a sudden website go to to a few warehouses belonging to Pt Meals Station Tjipinang Jaya. Through the go to, Budi found piles of Bulog rice alongside rice of different manufacturers. Among the many pile had been empty rice sacks with varied manufacturers.
Budi suspected that the Bulog rice was packed into sacks labelled with premium manufacturers. Consequently, Bulog rice which was presupposed to be bought at Rp8,900 skilled a steep worth enhance to Rp12,000 per kilogram.
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