Last Updated: 2017-07-17
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JAKARTA, July 17 (NNN-Bernama) - The number of poor people in Indonesia is reported to have risen as more and more people 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) revealed that the number of poor people in Indonesia increased by nearly 10,000 in six months, from September 2016 to March 2017.

BPS chief Rusman Heriawan was quoted by online media as saying that the poor population now stood at 27.77 million people as compared to 27.76 million people in the six-month period earlier, March-September 2016.

He said among the contributing factors to the increase in poverty for that period included a delay in the distribution of rice aid known as the Beras Sejahtera programme to the poor at the beginning of the year.

The poverty level in Indonesia is based on the ability to have daily food needs and daily non-food needs.

The minimum living requirement is to consume 2,100 kilo calories per person per day and minimum non-food needs such as housing, education, health and transportation.

Indonesia is one of the most populous countries in the world with over 260 million people and based on the latest census, more than 10 percent of the country's population is classified as poor.

The report, however, does not mention the area with the most poor people in Indonesia, but according to media reports, Papua is the poorest region in the country despite producing gold.