The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) predicts that the number of paddy production in 2015 will increase by 6.64 percent, or 75.55 million tons compared to the previous year. Based on BPS data, this is the highest in the last 10 years.
The increase in productivity in 2015 is quite high and could not be separated from some of the activities carried out by the government. Activities that include special efforts (upsus) in improving agriculture, especially rice and food crops, as well as timeliness in the provision of seeds. There is also the expansion, optimization, and escort the planting period, causing an increase in the 2015 forecast numbers I to 75.55 million tons of dry milled grain.
"This is because the provision of pumps and tractors that have been realized in subround I and partially subround II. Then fertilizer also pursued its accuracy in planting, although not 100 percent. It is being pursued to be correct at the time require fertilizer," said Suryamin.
In addition, continued Suryamin, agricultural land is expected to increase 512 057 hectares to 14.3 million hectares from 13.7 million hectares in 2014, contributing to the increase rice production. As a result, there is an increase rice productivity by 2.16 quintal per hectare, or 4.36 percent.
BPS noted, there are five provinces that the highest increase in Paddy Production until June this year. These five provinces are Lampung, West Java, South Sumatra, Central Java and East Java. "There is the highest increase in five provinces of the 17 provinces that have the potential to increase production significantly," said Suryamin.
He explained, in Lampung, Paddy Production numbers increased to as much as 541,000 tonnes in the period January to June 2015. Furthermore, the total Paddy Production in West Java in the first half of this year totaled 373,000 tons. Then South Sumatra as much as 434,000 tons. "Then source granary, Central Java as much as 954,000 tons. Besides, other granary, namely East Java as much as 381,000 tons," he said. (Kompas)