Implementation of Communal Management of Covid-19 Socio-Information to Agriculture Workers on Land Affected by Earthquake & Liquefaction Disasters

  • Muhammad Basir-Cyio, Fadhliah Liwesigi, Taqyuddin Bakri, Muhammad Fardhal Pratama, Mohammad Alfit Laihi, Muhammad Asep Dwitama

Abstract

The 2019 Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) which has struck Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China and later the rest of the world, infecting millions of people, has brought concerns amongst the countries, including Indonesia. Farmers, as one of the largest communities in Indonesia (up to 80 percent of the total population), started to panic after the central and local governments throughout Indonesia implemented Social Distancing policies, including Stay at Home (SAH) and Work from Home (WFH) regulations. Such policies decrease the livelihood of farmers as their work require direct workforce on agricultural land, making the implementation of SAH and WFH impossible. To minimize the fear caused by Covid-19 information, religious leaders, cultural figures, and youth leaders have tried to design an agreement with the aim of reducing the flow of Covid-19 Pandemic information by implementing an On/Off Media Information program as a form of managing  Covid-19 Communal Social-Information. There are two groups with different attitudes, denominated as groups who agree and disagree with On/Off Media Communication, both one-way (TV &Radio) and two-way media communication (Mobile Phones). The strength of these two groups is balanced as the results of a statistical analysis denote a probability value of (r) 0.935> 0.05. This means that there is no significant difference between the number of respondents who agreed and those who disagreed, what makes it difficult to make decisions. However, the age aspect between them is very decisive. The older the individuals are, the more likely they are to obey and accept government policies. Likewise, with less information about Covid-19, their creativity has increased. Information about Covid-19 Pandemic not only impacts the enthusiasm and productivity of farmers, but also interferes in their income which has decreased by an average of 1 million rupiahs per harvest season (r2=0,62) triggered by the impact of natural disasters and Covid-19 Pandemic.

Published
2020-06-05