As per sources, the Indonesia’s Public Works and Public Housing Minister has assured adequate water supplies for the 2015-16 rice planting season, which will last from September to January. Further The Minister noted that 73 dams across the country, including the main 16 ones, would be able to supply sufficient water for the rice planting season. He added that water levels in the country’s largest dam Kedungombo in Central Java are much greater than levels in 2003 when the country experience worst drought in the history. Kedungombo dams in particularly irrigates nearly 61,444 hectares of rice fields in the provinces of Boyolali, Sragen and Grobogan.
|In addition, the government is planning to increase rice production from the wet lands during the dry season. Indonesia has about 19.9 million hectares of wet lands are which are suitable for farming. The Indonesian government would also specially focus on enhancing rice production in Sumatra and Kalimantan, which together have around 712,000 hectares of wet lands.|
|As per report the Agriculture Minister indicated that the government had taken proactive measures, including distributing 21,000 water pumps to farmers, developing 1,000 embung (small artificial lakes) and repairing 1.3 million hectares of tertiary irrigation systems, in order to control effect of drought on the country’s rice production. The government spent around Rp 880 billion (around $65.12 million) for the preventive measures.|
|In this matter, Indonesia government is keen on not to import rice this year. It is targeting to increase 2015 paddy rice output by about 7% to around 75.2 million tons from around 70 million tons in 2014. According to USDA estimates Indonesia to produce around 36.3 million tons of rice, basis milled (around 57.17 million tons, basis paddy), and to import around 1.25 million tons of rice in MY 2014-15 (October – September). However some analysts are forecasting imports to reach about 1.6 million tons.|