TEMPO.CO, Cibinong - Bogor administration prepared several strategies to anticipate potential crop failure of hundreds of hectares of rice fields following water crisis during this year’s dry season.
“Drought has hit several districts of Bogor, so we take preventive measure by irrigating the fields,” said Bogor Regent Ade Yasin to Antara, Sunday, July 7.
Ade explained that mostly occurred in eastern of the city, such as districts of Jonggol, Cariu, and Sukamakmur.
In the meantime, he added, his side had supplied waters from nearby rivers to rice fields suffering from dryness. “Because of lack water resources, we take water from rivers located in nearby areas for field irrigation, while BPBD (Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)) will supply drinking water,” Ade said.
He ensured hundreds of hectares of fields would not experience harvest failure as the field had been watered manually and seemed to grow well.
Bogor food crops, horticulture, plantation agency head, Siti Nurianti, said that dealing with drought in rice fields was not an easy task as the location was considerably difficult to reach. “Drinking water supply as well because the nearest water resources from the field are more than 2 kilometers in distance,” Nurianti said.
However, she assured the drought would not hamper the production of the regional superior rice, Carita Makmur. “[The rice stock is] sufficient. Because there are producers from other regions such as Sukamakmur, Tanjungsari, Dramaga, Leuwisadeng, Cijeruk, Caringin, Tenjolaya, Pamijahan, and a few others,” she noted.