IO, Jakarta – Even with the introduction of glamorous modern supermarkets, traditional markets have not lost their traditional appeal. One classic example is Pasar Induk Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, established in 1973 and today still one of the busiest markets in the metropolitan city. Activity continues day and night, as buying and selling go on 24 hours a day. Trucks come in from agricultural areas in West Java, merchants and sellers come and go, deals continue, the bidding never ceases. Chili peppers may sell for Rp 35,000 / kg or Rp 125,000 / kg, depending and availability, demand and other conditions.
In this market a variety of commodities are traded at prices cheaper than other markets. The reason is that traders in this market sell commodities at wholesale prices. Thus small operators from all over Greater Jakarta buy in bulk at Pasar Induk and then sell to consumers in smaller markets across the city.
The ‘mother of markets’ goes on ceaselessly. Familiar faces show up, traders smile and give them their best prices. The traditional sellers survive because we buy from them, near our homes. Let’s go shopping. Let’s keep the traditional market alive. (Dessy Aipipidely)