WEST BANDUNG - West Java's rice production target this year is maintained the 12.068 million tonnes from 2.022 million hectares of rice planting.
Drought cause soil drought reaches 122 thousand hectares and puso up to 49 thousand hectares, so that rice production in West Java was predicted to fall.
However, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher), said a motion is conducted to prevent this decline in production.
"This year, we’d done activities such as the Movement Implementation of Integrated Crop Management (GP-PTT) with the assistance production facilities, also give a stimulant instrument with the support of coaching, escort and monitoring by various parties,” he said after Planting Movement Command Unison 2015-2016 of West Java province in Kertajaya Village, District Padalarang, West Bandung regency, Monday (7/12).
The activities carried out by joint Commander III/Siliwangi Major General Hadi Prasojo, West Java Police Chief Inspector Moechgiyarto, and Regent West Bandung Abubakar.
The program makes the paddy field planted every year between 2 to 2.1 million hectares or cropping intensity (IP) in West Java by 2.15 times (higher than the national average of 1.7 times). On the other hand, West Java's rice productivity can be increased by 5.9 tonnes/ha or above the national productivity of 5.1 tons/ha, so that the West Java remains a contributor to national rice by 17%.
In addition, the harvested area remains a target of 1.94 million hectares with a productivity of 62 dry grain per hectare. In addition to its intensification program, the rain began to fall at the peak occurred in January and February 2016 (BMKG version).
Aher continued, simultaneous planting movements today also supported by the military and police aimed to support national food self-sufficiency program launched by the central government. According to the governor, simultaneous planting movement also to increase rice production and food self-sufficiency.
“This planting simultaneously has a good function, first is easy to measure how rice is grown and rice to be harvested. Second, it is easy to anticipate the plant pests," said the Governor in his speech.
On this occasion, Governor also welcomed the central government policy for not import rice. According to him, it happened because this year Indonesia could fulfil national food needs, as well as rice import policy which currently can only be done by Bulog.
Therefore, in order to support this, governor also asked the farmers and all stakeholders in order to maintain the good agricultural land today. Not only food security for the realisation of national food self-sufficiency, the welfare of the farmers also remain to be addressed and improved.
"Farmers should be defended constantly and must be formulated for the welfare. Food security exists when there is robustness of agriculture," said Aher.
Meanwhile, Head of the Department of Agriculture in West Java Diden Trisnadi said, planting rice in 2015-2016 season is done simultaneously in all districts in West Java, especially in the east and north coast, such as Subang, Indramayu and Karawang.