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111,000 hectares of land affected by drought

Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said, land drought in January-July 2015 about 111,000 hectares and 8,000 hectares of crop failure. Drought land area was reduced compared to the same period last year, around 200,000 ha with 35,000 ha puso.

 

A decrease in land area to dry, even puso, it is claimed that the government has anticipated early on with repairing and building irrigation canals to 1.3 million hectares. The Government has also distributed water pumps to farmers.

 

 

"People do not worry about the drought-hit farmland. The government made efforts to control the maximum so it will not significantly affect national food production," said Amran when harvested soybean and rice in KALIMATI Village, District Pull, Sidoarjo, East Java, on Thursday (30 / 7).

 

According to Amran, paddy land that drought approximately 200,000 ha annually. Of land area, the 25,000 ha puso (crop failure). This year, besides drought and puso numbers down, there are additional planting area period October 2014-March 2015 of 400,000 ha.
 

If it happens strong El Nino that caused 150,000 ha of paddy land becomes puso, according to Amran, the remaining reserves of 250,000 ha were harvested.

 

To maximize anticipation of drought, the Ministry of Agriculture established a special team throughout Indonesia. All regents and mayors in this country also asked to report in case of drought in their area, so they can be handled early on.

 

Amran asked residents not to worry about the drought that hit agriculture. According forecasts Central Bureau of Statistics, this year there is an increase in grain production of 5.5 million tons nationwide. In addition, rain in some areas, such as Aceh, South Sumatra, and South Sulawesi, has also been down. (Kompas)