Ramadan and Food Price Stability

Ramadan is a significant annual momentum for Muslims to morally,  spiritual, and materially self-improvement. Apart from being the  essential spiritual time, Ramadan in Indonesia is also a powerful  economic season due to the enormous economic implications of  activities related to Ramadan, one of which is the tendency to increase  the prices of staple goods.

In Indonesia, the increase in the prices of staple goods is closely related  to the month of Ramadan. The increase in the prices of staple goods such  as rice, chicken, eggs, cooking oil, shallots, cayenne pepper, and beef  began a week before Ramadan, triggered by people’s preparations for  the holy month. Price pressures for staple goods returned a week before  the end of the month of Ramadan when people are preparing to welcome  Idul Fitri. Price pressure often continues until a week after the Idul Fitri  holiday, triggered by the lack of availability of goods in the market  because traders do not have interests in stock or because traders’  operations have not returned to normal.