DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Weather forecasting in traditional ways done by a farmer in Bali is facing a tough time as weather and climate change cannot be accurately predicted in the last few years. This is feared will affect the quality of agricultural and plantation products of the local farmer. To overcome this problem, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) held an agroclimate socialization and invited farmers to start learning about climate science.
In Bali, most farmers are still farming traditionally based on a good day in the Balinese calendar, even though learning scientifically about climate is also very important.
“This socialization is very important as an anticipation step. Nowadays, the people (farmers) use traditional methods, but because the weather is changing, the accuracy also decreasing,” said Marjuki, Head of the BMKG’s Applied Climate Information Division, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
According to him, each region has its climate character. If each local government supports information on climate change in the country, it will be better, especially for agricultural and plantation production problems.
“This climate information can be the initial information for agricultural extension workers. If we know from the start how the climate will change, intervention or anticipation can be done. We are not managing the climate, but managing the information. It’s a pity if we don’t make the use of this information,” he said.
Marjuki further explained this socialization has received recognition not only from within the country but also from abroad. Some countries such as Pakistan and East Timor even invited BMKG Indonesia to provide this climate science to farmers in the two countries.
Meanwhile, Anang Priyono, the Head of Plantation and Agricultural Protection Laboratory of the Agriculture Office of Bali explained, so far the collaboration to use climatology data on the island was indeed not at its best.
According to Anang, it does not mean that the traditional cropping method that has been used so far is not appropriate. But it will be better if farmer can get the latest data references related to climate change, so that farmer knows the right time to start to plant.
“People in Bali are still using traditional methods that are inherited for years. But things can change so that the accuracy also reducing. So they need to refer to the latest data and this knowledge is in climatology,” he said.