Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Agriculture Ministry recorded floods affected 62,686 hectares of paddy fields in the January-March 2011 period and 7,071 hectares of them could not be harvested.

The figures fell from the same period last year when the area of flooded rice fields and failed rice fields reached 134,380 hectares and 40,818 hectares respectively, Director of Plant Protection of the Directorate General of Food Crops at the Agriculture Ministry Erma Budiyanto said here on Sunday.

He said the floods mostly affected rice fields in South Sulawesi province, reaching 14,391 hectares, followed by West Kalimantan province with 11,318 hectares, and West Java with 10,223 hectares.

The area of flooded rice fields in Central Java province reached 9,653 hectares, East Java province 6,500 hectares, North Sumatra province 2,329 hectares, South Kalimantan province 2,130 hectares and Lampung province 1,433 hectares.

In terms of harvest failure, he said Central Java suffered the most among provinces in the country reaching 2,379 hectares, followed by East Java 1,953 hectares, West Kalimantan 809 hectares, West Java 623 hectares and South Sulawesi 384 hectares.

The area of failed rice field in Lampung meanwhile reached 233 hectares, South Kalimantan 190 hectares and North Sumatra 19 hectares, he said. (*)

Editor: Kunto Wibisono
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