NTB's plan to hold a Climate Field School in Sembalun, East Lombok

NTB's plan to hold a Climate Field School in Sembalun, East Lombok The conception of NTB and OXFAM together with Australian NGO Cooperation (ANCP) in Indonesia with the support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in collaboration with BMKG West Lombok Kimatology Station held a Climate Field School in Sembalun, East Lombok. Photo by: ANTARA

 Source: ANTARA
Date: February 17, 2022

Mataram (ANTARA) - The West Nusa Tenggara Consortium for Participatory Study and Development (Conception) in collaboration with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of West Lombok Climatology Station held a Climate Field School in Sembalun, East Lombok.

This activity is the result of collaboration with the Oxfam organization with Australian NGO Cooperation (ANCP) in Indonesia with the support of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Director of the NTB Conception, Dr. Moh Taqiuddin in Mataram, Wednesday, revealed to ANTARA that the impacts of climate change are now becoming more real and felt by the community. The impact of climate change is also felt by the agricultural sector and has an impact on agricultural output.

"Given the impact of climate change is increasingly real and felt by the community, especially farmers. So, through the Climate Field School (SLI) it is hoped that it can be a strategy for community agricultural resilience," he said.

He further explained, the impact of climate change that threatens the agricultural sector makes it impossible to carry out conventional agricultural activities. So we need a way that is more adaptive to climate change that is explained scientifically.

"The phenomenon of climate change that is currently happening must be explained scientifically so that we will develop modules and learning models for agriculture that is adaptive to climate change," he said.

Climate change also causes extreme and unpredictable weather. In such extreme weather conditions, it is impossible for farmers to carry out conventional agricultural activities.

So with the SLI it will give something new to agriculture in Sembalun.

"So this program is very appropriate and beneficial for farmers in Sembalun," said Serkapudin, Camat of Sembalun when delivering his speech.

Moreover, most of the Sembalun area is an agricultural area and the majority of the people work in the agricultural sector.

The Head of the East Lombok Agriculture Service, H Abadi SP, said that several areas in Sembalun had started experiencing drought problems. In the past, there were many water sources that could be used.

"Currently, many people are even starting to drill to get water," he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the BMKG Applied Climate Service Center, Ardhasena, explained that Operational IDD is important to support national food security.
"Almost three years we have been side by side with COVID-19, and farmers are the pillars of national food security," he said when opening SLI virtually.

So that SLI can be a solution to climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector in order to reduce the adverse effects of extreme weather events that can result in a decrease in agricultural production in quantity and quality which in turn threatens national food security.

SLI is a form of BMKG support in the agricultural sector to increase farmers' insight into BMKG climate and weather information and utilize this information for agricultural activities.

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