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Hundreds of hectares of rice fields in Loireng Village, Demak, have been converted to pond functions

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Residents of Loireng Village, Sayung District, Demak Regency, held a planting of 1000 tree seedlings in their environment as an effort to regrow damaged plants due to land subsidence, Wednesday (18/8).

The action of planting 1000 tree seedlings is held as an effort to prevent abrasion and land subsidence which is increasingly worrying.

Head of Loireng Village, Nurkaririn said, there are about 200 hectares of rice fields which until now have been converted into ponds.

“Since 2013, Loireng Village has become a village affected by abrasion in the coastal area of ​​Demak. This village is also geographically far from the ocean, but the soil condition is very low, like other villages in Sayung District,” said Nurkaririn.

Loireng Village is a village in Sayung District which is far from the ocean, which is about 10 kilometers. In addition, the geographical area of ​​the village is also blocked by the Semarang-Kudus Pantura highway, and vice versa.

“When the sea level has started to rise, the tendency is that seawater entering Loireng is unstoppable. Since 2013 it has entered our territory. So we can see together that the condition of rice fields in Loireng has become aquaculture. Around 200 hectares of rice fields (which converted into aquaculture),” explained Nur Karirin when planting 1000 trees in her village.

In addition, he said the impact of salt water entering his area also killed a number of large plants and quickly damaged road infrastructure.

He said the construction of the Semarang-Demak toll road which functioned as a sea wall was a necessity for how sea water entered his territory.

“This is a crucial problem that is indeed our main problem, we are raising the road but if it is not accompanied by government support regarding how the tidal water will not enter, it will also be difficult. The sea wall is a necessity, it must be built and realized immediately,” hope.

In addition, he also mentioned that the culverts in the Siphon River cannot function optimally as water disposal. He said the culvert was covered in sediment and only functioned about 25 percent.

“The water (rob) came in because there was one of the Siphon culverts which is our only mainstay, how to remove water from the Loireng Village area. At that time it couldn’t be handled properly, the current condition tends to be covered with sediment. Yesterday, from the report from Wika, it was only about maybe 25 percent of the capacity of the existing siphon river culvert that was already covered in mud,” he concluded.

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