Price Increase as Mt. Merapi Continuing Erupted


Wisma Nazareth-Banteng Parish, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (16/11/10 : 20:00 West Indonesia Time). Prices of almost all farming products in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, increased significantly since the eruption of Mt.Merapi began in 26 October. Impacted areas around Mt.Merapi are mostly the producers of vegetables and fruits marketed to Yogyakarta both traditional and modern markets. Beside farmers from Mt.Merapi, another farms on the slopes of Mt.Sumbing, Mt.Ungaran, and Mt.Merbabu has been the traditional suppliers for Yogyakarta markets.

The absent of farmers from their business and the ruins of their farms are not merely the only reasons of the increase of prices on the markets. Transportations and the availability of workers are also being other reasons.

“It seems fewer trucks are available, so does with workers to load and unload the vegetables. I don’t know why it is transportations become rare and their charge more than usual. But indeed, the main reasons are still the damage of the farms and the farmers that absent from their business as they refuge to other places” said Parsinah, a traditional market vendor who sell vegetables in Kolombo Market, Sleman, Yogyakarta.

As to the prices, Parsinah said that the price increase is varies. Celery as an example increases 33% from equivalent US$ 1 to US$ 1.33 per kilogram, while long bean increases more than 100% from US$ 0.50 to US$ 1.1.

A consumer who runs a traditional restaurant told that he find himself difficult to manage his business this last three weeks as the prices increase crazily. While Sunarti, a woman from Kayen, Sleman who runs a canteen in a junior high school understands with what happened to the prices issues during the disaster like these days.

“Red hot chili pepper increases from equivalent US$ 0.78 to US$ 0.89 while green hot chilli pepper from US$ 0.55 to US$ 0.78. These days is disaster time, it is common condition everywhere. Coincidentally those products are minor components on the pricing of my products, so it’s still okay for me” explained Sunarti through a short message (Prepared by Abang Rahino for Yakkum Emergency Unit).


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Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: Follow us in twitter @yeu2001
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One Response to Price Increase as Mt. Merapi Continuing Erupted

  1. shinta says:

    important note, pak abang. it will also show how resilient is our society in adjusting their life capacity to disaster

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