Farmers Do Not Feel The Positive Effect of Rising Grain Prices

Farmers Do Not Feel The Positive Effect of Rising Grain Prices – Rice and grain price increases well above the selling price of government since three weeks ago, did not enjoy some farmers in the district of Cilacap, Central Java. The condition is caused by decreased quality and quantity of the crop, because of pests as well as its high rainfall since the beginning of the planting season.

 Wahab Mulyadi (39), farmer Kawunganten Lor Village, District Kawunganten, say, at this time the harvest season, rice fields covering an area of ​​0.5 garapannya shoulder (a shoulder of about 7,000 square feet) can only produce about 11 quintals of dry grain harvest (GKP) . Whereas in optimal conditions, the results can range from 20 quintals.

Wahab and some farmers in Cilacap new rice harvest this week, because it was too late and repeat the early growing season that most farmers do in Banyumas and surrounding areas in December 2010 and January 2011.

“I’m just starting the growing season in February because the current was forced to repeat the planting of disease due to crackle,” he said.

Now, when most fields are harvested, grain and rice prices went up. But it was not felt by the farmers in Cilacap.

According to M Sidiq (55), farmer Panikel Village, District Kawunganten, because of declining crop yields, farmers’ income is only enough to cover production costs. For example, for an area of ​​0.5 hectares of his property, he spent the production costs of up to Rp 3 million, whereas in the previous planting season only Rp 2 million. Yields are typically reach 25 quintals to 15 quintals also down.

The increase is among them because he had twice bought rice seeds, after the first planting, seeds were attacked by stem borer damage. In addition to pest attacks, the quality of farmers’ rice harvest is also down due to weather conditions that continue to rain for the past month.

“The water content in the grain so high. We are also difficult to dry the grain as the rain continued to fall,” he said.

As a result, grain crops Sidiq widely used just to satisfy their daily needs. Others, sold cheaply to the mill near his home.

Not sold

With thirst dry grain harvest (GKP) at farm level which has now reached Rp 3,000 per kilogram (kg) or above the HPP (government purchase price) to Rp 2,640 per kg, the potential revenue Sidiq could reach Rp 7.5 million. But from the calculation, Sidiq admitted at most only will generate USD 4.5 million.

“Rice is a lot of baseball I sold because the buyer said terlau wet. Thus, the crop only defray the costs of production cost. To start the next planting period, the possibility of using debt,” he said.

Separately, Head of Public Relations Bulog Subdivre IV Banyumas, Priyono, said that the water content of rice crop farmers currently around 16 percent up even to 20 percent. “The water content of rice in the field current is too high so had a lot of rice which we rejected,” said Priyono.

In accordance with Presidential Instruction No. 7 / 2009 on rice, rice that can be purchased Bulog contain a maximum of 14 percent water content. It is recognized complicate Bulog rice procurement. Currently the average absorption of rice Bulog Subdivre Banyumas about 300 tons per day, far below the condition of mid-April and reached 1,500 tons per day.

 Chairman of the Association of Rice Banyumas (APB), Agus Purwanto, rate, number of rejection is feared the purchase of rice from Bulog affect rice reserves in the region. Of all the rice harvest which still exist today, nearly 70 percent of its water level above the required Bulog. To that end, Bulog must memberlak ukan standard rice purchases outside HPP.

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