Environmental and Economic Aspects of Organic Rice Farming in Lubuk Bayas
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- Environmental and economic aspects, organic rice farming, sustainability
As a country with most of its population dependent on rice as the main staple, Indonesia hosts vast area of rice fields. Unfortunately, the long term use of chemical fertilizer degraded the soil and chemical pesticides wiped away also the 'good' insects. In the midst of the common use of chemical fertilizer and pesticide, a group of farmers in Lubuk Bayas Village Perbaungan Disctrict Serdang Bedagai Regency committed themselves in organic farming using only organic materials with zero chemical for their fertilizer and pesticide. This paper aims to describe how the farmers could survive in organic farming while farmers usually have the perception that using organic fertilizer is not sufficient to improve production. The method used in exploring the answer is in-depth interview with the member of the farmers group and field observation. The results showed that organic zero chemical content of the fertilizer and pesticide spared Lubuk Bayas’ environment from the chemical residue from chemical fertilizer and pesticide that is harmful to soil and water bodies as well to ‘good’ insects. Organic rice farmers in Lubuk Bayas have a good prospect in maintaining their style of farming. The productivity is slightly lower than the non-organic farms. But the selling price is higher and the farming cost is lower since the farmers self-produced the organic fertilizer and pesticide. In the end, the organic farmers earned more income than their non-organic counterpart.
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TY - CONF AU - Elfayetti AU - Nina Novira AU - Riki Rahmad AU - Rohani AU - Andi Abdillah Triono PY - 2019/05 DA - 2019/05 TI - Environmental and Economic Aspects of Organic Rice Farming in Lubuk Bayas BT - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (ICSSIS 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 44 EP - 46 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icssis-18.2019.9 DO - 10.2991/icssis-18.2019.9 ID - 2019/05 ER -