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Agriculture needs prompt adaptation

  • Teddy Lesmana

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 26 2010   /  09:42 am

Recently, we witnessed an outcry from households in our country due to prices on some agricultural commodities, especially peppers reaching up to Rp 50,000 (around US$5) per kilogram. The astronomical price increase was caused, among others, by reduced supply due to crop failure as looming climate change impacts are becoming more intense lately. Farmers in many regions suffer losses due to crop harvest failure and widespread crop pests caused by weather anomalies in which there are still fairly intense rains in the dry season. The soaring agricultural commodity price phenomenon is not a new one. We have often heard about skyrocketing prices of agricultural commodities long before today, and it seems that no significant attempts have been made to overcome the quandaries created by climate change impacts.Although the government has a National Action Plan for climate change impact adaptatio...