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Bali allocates Rp 8 billion to organic farming

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30 2009   /  01:16 pm

The 49-year-old Jero Leni was spreading chemical fertilizer on his 2,150-square-meter rice field in Kerobokan area in Badung regency, having inherited the paddy fields from his parents. "I have to work very hard to increase the harvest yield by using nonorganic fertilizer," said Leni. Every harvest, the yield will reach around 3 tons. "I can only sell half of the yield *1.5 tons*, while the rest of the yield will go towards feeding the family." "The cost of planting the seed and fertilizing the soil have been very high, at around Rp 1 million," Leni said, adding that 30 percent of his operational costs would go toward buying chemical fertilizer. Dr. Kartini, head of the Bali Organic Association, who has conducted a comprehensive study on the impact of chemical fertilizers on soil and on products, says the system had made farmers depended on fertilizers. Mor...