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7,000 Ha of Indonesia's Paddy Fields Have Dried up: Minister
SEMARANG, Agriculture Minister Bungaran Saragih yesterday said an estimated 7,000 hectares of paddy fields in Indonesia dried up in June 2003 due to the drought.
The paddy fields were located in Central Java, East Java, West Java and Sumatra, he said following talks with farmers in Temanggung.
The drying up of the 7,000 hectares of paddy fields would have no impact on national food stocks and there was no reason for the Indonesian people to worry about a rice shortage, he said.
Indonesia now had 11.5 million hectares of paddy fields, he said.
"The drought in Indonesia is expected to end in August. Hopefully, there will be rainfall in September so that the drought will end soon," he said.
The paddy fields dried up merely because farmers miscalculated weather conditions.
"At the time when they planted paddy they predicted there would still be rainfall. However, their forestcast was wrong," he said.
He said when farmers intend to plant rice they must carefully predict the weather so as not to suffer losses due to the drought.
MGR Archive 17.7.2003
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