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Beware of Declining Rice Production

Farmers have harvested 8.99 million hectares of paddy fields from January and September to yield 26.91 million tons of rice, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS).

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A trader measures rice on Sunday (13/102019) at Kebayoran Market, South Jakarta. The market price of rice is relatively stable, even though the harvest season has ended in drought in a number of rice production centers. Traders said that the IR64 rice was selling for Rp 10,000 per liter.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Farmers have harvested 8.99 million hectares of paddy fields from January and September to yield 26.91 million tons of rice, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS).

That figure is lower than the harvest area of 9.53 million hectares during the same period last year, which yielded 28.48 million tons of rice. The decline in the harvest area and production yield was due to a delay in the planting season, both the rendeng (primary) and the gadu (secondary) planting seasons, mainly caused by water shortages. The drought had also caused a decline in land productivity and harvest failures in some areas.

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