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(From The Jakarta Post)
This year's prolonged dry season has caused rice production in West Java to reach 8.9 million tons, falling short of the target of 9.2 million tons.
Provincial agriculture office head Daddy Muljadi said although the rice production missed the target this year, the province was still the country's main rice producer, considering that other rice-producing provinces like East and Central Java were also facing low volumes from the drought.
Daddy said the harsh dry season was worse than in previous years and had affected around 300,000 hectares (ha) of rice fields out of the total 1.7 million ha in the province.