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Jakarta Post

Climate change already affecting food production, expert warns

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 21, 2020   /  11:04 am
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In rural Indonesia, especially Kalimantan, we have fewer local farmers with the ability and expertise to produce food at adequate levels.(Courtesy of Randi Julian Miranda/File)

Agricultural experts have called on the government to introduce programs in response to climate change, which has begun to affect food production in parts of the country. Bustanul Arifin, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Lampung (Unila), said on Tuesday that the government should, for example, establish a mitigation or adaptation plan with concrete measures to minimize the impacts of climate change. The senior economist said rising temperatures caused by climate change made plants like rice and wheat ripen faster and dry quicker, resulting in a fall in production. With an effective mitigation and adaption plan, the impact of changing weather patterns on farming could be minimized, Bustanul said. He warned that Indonesia could suffer food scarcity if the government failed to address the impact of climate change. Read also: Awaiting a morsel of hope, 2...