NTT Rice Production First Quarter Descending

Rice production in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in the first quarter of 2012-2013 growing season has decreased when compared with the same period in the previous year’s planting season.
Head of Agriculture of East Nusa Tenggara Kupang Ruba John Tay, on Friday, said the decline in the production of just going for a while rice commodities commodity corn, nuts Kecang increase production.
According to him, the production of paddy in NTT in 2012 and increased approximately 20 percent from the previous year. Where in 2011, production reached 591 000 tonnes, rising to 704,000 tonnes in 2012 and by 2013, production is targeted as much as 724 252 tonnes.
In addition to rice production, an increase also occurred in the production of corn, which in 2011 amounted to 524 thousand tons, up to 617 thousand tons in 2012.
Currently specifically for rice farmers are waiting for the harvest season in the second quarter are expected to increase because rainfall is supported quite well in almost all areas of the island province.
“Currently farmers will enter the harvest in the second quarter, certainly in the second quarter this harvest will increase,” said John.
According to him, the decline in rice production in the first quarter, due to uneven rainfall. It is quite disturbing that impact on the growth of rice production.
In addition, at the time of fruiting occurs rice heavy rain in a long time, resulting in damage to the rice while fruitful.
“Hujankan occurred in late February and March and the intensity is high enough. Currently it is being fruitful rice so that it becomes damaged,” he said.
Heavy precipitation that occurred in March has given an opportunity for farmers to grow in the second quarter and secured with abundant water.
Looking at his current condition, the average rice is ready for harvest quite good and away from pests that can be expected to have penigkatan production.
“From our observations in the field, the rice is ready for harvesting good enough because it supported enough water,” he said.
John further said, with drought conditions that occurred at this time, the government has been encouraging farmers to undertake seed paddy is done in a number of districts that became centers of rice production.
By doing so, the seeds will be bred back to meet the needs of seed growers throughout the region.
“The condition is quite good kamarau wet to seed, and we did today we temporarily push a few places to perform large-scale breeding in order to serve as the backup needs of our seed,” he said.

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