Mesuji (Lampost.co) – The Mesuji Agriculture Service will collect data on rice fields that may be affected by drought, Monday, August 16, 2021.
The head of the Mesuji Agriculture Department, Pariman, explained that the biggest threat to farmers in the dry season is brackish water.
“It is still being recorded because it is still raining. The impact of the drought that will be felt by farmers is salt water that rises to the rice fields and cannot be channeled to the rice plants,” said Pariman in his office, Monday, August 16, 2021.
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According to him, of the 30,611 hectares of rice fields in Mesuji, the areas most affected by brackish water are in Mesuji, East Mesuji, and North Rawajitu Districts.
“We have prepared a water-suction blower machine. Because, even though it is dry, the water is still normal and not brackish, it can still be used,” continued Pariman.
At this time, rats are starting to eat away at farmers’ rice. The Department of Agriculture is also trying to encourage farmers to take action.
“Rats do exist in several areas in farmers’ fields. To eradicate it, all farmers need a simultaneous movement so that rats do not continue to breed,” explained Head of the Food Crops and Horticulture Division, Mesuji Agriculture Service, Halwan.