JAKARTA — July 17, 2017: The number of poor people in Indonesia is reported to have risen as more and more are unable to get the amount of food they are supposed to be needing in a day.
The latest report by Indonesia’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reveals that the number of poor people in the country increased by nearly 10,000 in the six months from September 2016 to last March.
BPS chief Rusman Heriawan was quoted by online media as saying that the population of the poor now is at 27.77 million, compared to 27.76 million in the six months up to September last year.
Among the contributing factors to the increase included a delay in the distribution of rice aid known as the Beras Sejahtera programme at the beginning of the year.
The poverty level in Indonesia is based on the ability to have daily food and non-food needs.
The minimum living requirement is to consume 2,100 kilo calories per person per day while the minimum non-food needs cover housing, education, health and transportation.
Indonesia has the fourth highest population in the world, with over 260 million people and based on the latest census, more than 10 per cent of the country’s population is classified as poor.
The report, however, does not mention the area with the most poor people but according to media reports, Papua is the poorest region despite producing gold. — Bernama