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Urban farmers withstand floods, pests in Jakarta’s surviving paddy fields

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 13, 2020   /  12:42 pm
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An illustration of rice seeds.(Shutterstock/File)

The sun gently touched paddy in the middle of a dense neighborhood on a Thursday afternoon in Rorotan village, Cilincing district, North Jakarta, highlighting different colors of the paddy -- green on some fresh blocks and golden on others that were ready to harvest. “After it rained, it took days to wait for submerged blocks to return to normal. So, as you can see, some plants are only 10 weeks old,” said Abdul Kadir, the Rorotan farmer group leader. Recent floods had caused not only a delay in the rice planting season, Abdul said, but also the abundance of pests in the paddy fields and less efficient rice production. “From 2014, there were always rats in every planting season. But it is only during the flood season like this that plenty of them come out their holes for fear of sheltering in the holes. They only cause trouble in the plantation area,” he ...