The impact of this year’s dry season has triggered a drought. Until September 2020, it was recorded that the rice fields planted with rice had experienced drought with an area of up to 60.85 hectares.
The data is predicted to increase because there are still 192 hectares of rice fields categorized as being threatened with the same problem at the peak of the dry season this year. This was revealed by the Head of Buleleng Agriculture Service, Made Sumiarta, Tuesday (6/10).
Sumiarta said, at the beginning of the planting season, his party had deployed field extension officers to monitor it. As a result, it was found that 60.85 hectares of rice fields that had been planted with rice experienced drought.
The rice fields are spread across 7 districts. The most extensive rice fields experiencing drought are in Sawan District with 33 hectares of dry rice fields. Followed by Seririt Subdistrict, there are 8 hectares of dry rice fields, 7 hectares of Buleleng, 4.75 hectares of Sukasada, 4.55 hectares of Kubutambahan, 2 hectares of Banjar, and 1.55 hectares of rice fields in Busungbiu sub-district.
From this data, the agriculture department then carried out verification regarding the level of damage to rice due to the drought. As a result, rice with minor damage was recorded at 1.67 hectares. In addition, there were 6.45 hectares of rice experiencing moderate damage and rice with heavy damage was recorded at 22 hectares.
Meanwhile, for paddy fields experiencing puso alias crop failure the area was recorded at 44.75 hectares. From the fields that failed to harvest, the total loss suffered by farmers was around 900 million rupiahs. “The average age of rice is between 30 to 85 days after planting. For light and moderate damage, the seeds can still be maintained until the next harvest season.” he said.