Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Plastic Waste in Rice Fields: Problems and their Management Strategy Plan in East Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi
Anwar Anwar, Slamet Riadi

Last modified: 2022-06-06


Agriculture is one of the economic sectors that contributes to plastic waste. However, the narrative of agricultural productivity, especially lowland rice, has so far not been accompanied by the linear facts of the production of plastic waste. Unlike household plastic waste, agricultural plastic waste does not end up in landfills. In a long time, it becomes a contaminant that affects soil fertility and plant growth. Furthermore, weathering and fragmentation of agricultural plastics form microplastics that pollute waters, especially rivers and eventually threaten human life. This article deals with this.This research was conducted in East Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi Province, where the majority of people work as farmers. Using qualitative approach, we combined in-depth interview, observation, and Focus Group Discussions (FGD) as our data collection methods. The informants who participated were 15 people, consisting of farmers, agricultural extension workers, village government officials, whose age ranging between 20 and 52 years.The study shows that the high production of agricultural plastic waste is based on the presence of variations in agricultural materials, such as fertilizers and medicines. The variety of plastic packaging is not interpreted as an object that poses a hazard. The habit of throwing agricultural plastic waste on land and irrigation canals is tolerated as a common practice. The profit orientation of the economy distracts the threat to their agricultural sustainability. The lack of local government regulations that regulate this problem also expands the escalation of plastic waste in East Luwu Regency. The importance of the socialization program on the dangers of plastic waste and management regulations will create healthy and sustainable lowland rice farming.

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