Boroko, Ekuatorial – Drought in North Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, began to have an impact on food production. Crop failure is predicted to hit hundreds of hectares of rice and corn fields.
Head of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Plantation and Forestry of North Bolaang Mongondow, Syafrudin Pontoh, said that the drought impact on 554 hectares of rice fields. Of the total area of 5633.09 hectares of rice fields in the district.
“Similar to corn. Of the 7,200 hectares land, the production failure is 434 hectares,” said Syafrudin.
According to him, this large production failure. The calculations are the potential failure of production reached 2,770 tons for paddy rice, 80 tons of rice fields, and 2,430 tons of corn.
To anticipate these conditions extend, the district government is trying to pump the water to the land. “But the results are less than the maximum, due to natural conditions has yet to show signs of rain. Discharge of water wells and creek that become a source of water to irrigate the fields also were down,” he said.
Meanwhile, Satrin Paputungan, a farmer from Bolangitang village, North Bolaang Mongondow, said that three hectares of a total of five hectares of their lands already drought. “Every year there is a drought, but this year the most severe,” said Satrin. Yoseph Ikanubun