Academy: The Open Access Is Susceptible to Fire

Academy: The Open Access Is Susceptible to Fire

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The productivity in one region really determines the hotspots. In general the more unproductive one area is, such as, the open access, which has no cultivation license, the more hotspot would be.

Vice Director of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Prof. DR. Dodik Ridho Nurrachmad said that one productive area, such as, palm oil plantation, would not possible to have fire and hotspot. “Though it is in fire, it needs to see the motive and modus,” he said in the seminar within the theme, “Penanggulangan Kebakaran Hutan dan Lahan (karhutla) berbasis Masyarakat” in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/11/2019) and attended by InfoSAWIT.

Dodiek also suggested that the government should make other option to the peat restoration. Besides rewetting, it is better to make solidity option. He thought that there are some reasons to the option, such as, to prevent the fire.

He told that the rewetting could not guarantee that the height of water surface could be same, that is, 0,4 meter namely in the people’s plantation. This happens for the age of palm oil trees, namely, the people’s would be different and the canal is irregular too.

“That is the problem. The ten year old - palm oil tree may be 0,4 meter in height and that is enough. But the new planted tree would be sunk and difficult to grow,” he said.

He thought that the two technic could be used by calculating the subsidence, the numbers of carbon which are out, and the moisture.

“The solidity has the good side. By this technic, the fire may happen in the surface only. The narrow capillarity would force the water increase to the surface which makes the soil moist. This also would stop one source of the fire in the fire triangle and the fire potential in the lower part of the soil surface would be smaller,” he explained.

Director of Fire in the Areas and Forest Control, General Directorate of Climate Change Control, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Raffles Panjaitan said that, his side would make 1.200 villages which are susceptible to the fire and take the villagers to participate.

Then Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) would make technology that would be adjusted to the condition in the areas. This would give signal if the fire takes place.

Besides BPPT, Ministry of Environment and Forestry has coordinated with Kementerian Desa Pembangunan dan Daerah Tertinggal dan Transmigrasi, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing. (T2)


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