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Bali develops consolidation farming program

  • Wasti Atmodjo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 2 2009   /  10:39 pm

Bali is adopting a consolidation farm (CF) program on Subak Anggabaya in East Denpasar to enhance the province's rice-sustainability. I Gede Ambara Putra, head of the agriculture office, said this is the newest national program in the agricultural sector. He said the program focused on strengthening and integrating the agricultural sector, ranging from the improvement of irrigation infrastructure, technical assistance for farmers, to the distribution and marketing of the harvest yields. "The aims of the program are, among others, to enhance food sustainability as well as to encourage young people to work in the agricultural sector," Ambara said. More importantly, the program is primarily aimed at preventing Balinese farmers from selling their rice fields to outside investors. Rice fields in Bali have been widely converted into housing complexes and commercial sites, a...