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Urban farmers withstand floods, pests to tend paddy fields

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  01:12 am

The sun gently touched a paddy in the middle of a dense neighborhood on a Thursday afternoon in Rorotan village, Cilincing district, North Jakarta, highlighting the 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 have caused not only a delay in the rice planting season, Abdul said, but also an abundance of pests in the paddies and less efficient rice production.“From 2014, there have always been rats in every planting season. But it is only during the flood season like this that many of them come out of their holes for fear of sheltering in the holes. They only cause trouble in the plantation area,” he added.Even though po...