Foodstuff Not Affordable, Panjang Islanders Receive Ramadan Food Packages

Food prices on Panjang Island are quite high because it is quite isolated from the mainland and urban areas. To cover the logistics costs, the sellers have no choice but to increase the prices.

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Panjang Islanders receive food package assistance from benefactors through ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BATAM – One of the prevalent problems in Indonesia’s peripheral regions is the lack of access to affordable food. Because they are located far from the mainland, the food prices in this area are higher compared to those in urban areas.

Khairul Hafidz from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Branch of Riau Islands said the food prices were higher because the sellers had to cover the logistics costs.

“This is the case on Panjang Island in Batam. The prices of fruits and vegetables are 70 percent higher compared to those in the cities," said Khairul, Monday (4/25/2022).

The majority of the residents of Pulau Panjang are traditional fishermen with low incomes, making the problem even more difficult because food is barely affordable for the locals.

"Alhamdulillah, on Saturday (4/23/2022), we delivered Ramadan food packages from generous donors to the residents on Panjang Island. We also held a free clinic to provide the locals with free medical treatments,” concluded Khairul.[]