Bylaw on local fruit prepared
in Bali

Fruit Protection: A number of fruit sellers offer both local and imported fruits at Badung Market, Bali on Tuesday. A draft bylaw is being discussed at the Bali Legislative Council to protect local fruit from foreign competition. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

The Bali provincial administration plans to propose a bylaw protecting the sale and consumption of local fruit as it faces a flood of imported fruit in traditional and supermarkets on the island.

The proposed bylaw is the initiative of the Bali Legislative Council, which thought that the markets being inundated with imported fruit would badly affect the sale of local fruit, as well as its cultivation.

“I strongly support the council’s initiative to prepare a draft bylaw for the protection of local fruit,” declared Governor Made Mangku Pastika during a meeting with the council’s members and the media to publicize the draft bylaw.

The proposed bylaw will cover a number of crucial issues related to the consumption and sale of local fruit, including requiring the tourist and hospitality industries to procure and serve local fruit instead of presenting foreign fruit on their menus.

“We encourage the participation of all stakeholders on the island, including hotel managements, restaurant owners, supermarket managements and the people, as well encouraging them to adopt the regulations stipulated in the proposed bylaw,” the governor said.

Pastika also added that implementing the planned bylaw would improve living conditions for local farmers and thus, at the end of the day, would also help reduce poverty in Bali.

Data from the Bali Agriculture office shows that Bali’s local fruit harvests amounted to 244.5 million kilograms in 2011, while consumption of these tropical fruits reached only 48.9 million kilograms.

This meant that the unconsumed tropical fruit amounted to 194.4 million kilograms.

Bali has abundant seasonal fruits, including mangoes, mangosteen, bananas, snakefruit, durian and pomelo.

“It has been a great challenge for us to think about optimizing our surplus fruit harvests. The planned bylaw is expected to regulate the trade of these fruits,” he said.

The planned bylaw will be in line with the administration's organic and agriculture program. The Bali organic program aims to develop the agriculture sector by encouraging the implementation of organic farming through the government-sponsored Bali integrated agriculture system (Simantri).

Pastika hoped the tourist industry would support the attempt to protect local fruit by serving it to their guests.

"Our local fruits are delicious and vary in type. Many tourists are actually more interested in tasting tropical fruit while they are on holiday here," he said.

By procuring and serving local fruit, the tourist and hospitality industries will contribute greatly to the development of the island’s agriculture.

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