Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati has said that climate change could threaten food security in Indonesia.

Extreme events and hydrometeorological disasters have made agricultural and fishery activities more vulnerable to disruption and failure, and they have even threatened the productivity of crops and fishing, as well as the safety of farmers and fishers, Karnawati noted at the BMKG National Coordination Meeting here on Monday.

"It is feared that the threat to food security could also result in the disruption of food sovereignty," she pointed out.

Therefore, farmers and fishers, as the last link in the chain of receivers of weather and climate information as well as the frontliners of food security, need to be supported by the BMKG for anticipating extreme weather and climate that can have an impact on agricultural and fishing activities.

"The field schools held by the BMKG together with related partners are a platform designed and implemented to facilitate the literacy of farmers and fishers," she said.

Through the schools, the use of information from the BMKG is being strengthened and disseminated so that it can be utilized more by farmers and fishers, as well as various related parties to support agricultural and fishery activities in a more adaptive, productive, and resilient manner.

"The introduction of weather and climate (information) for farmers and fishers is expected to increase farmers' understanding in adjusting the planting methods and timing to avoid crop failure," the BMKG head said.

It is also hoped that fishermen can work by adjusting to the timing and target fishing zones so that they can increase their catch while still maintaining their safety while sailing.

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