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Bali to Return to Agriculture?

Governor Pastika Surveys the Road Ahead for Bali to Preserve its Future


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(12/17/2017)

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika and the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) held a working meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, to discuss coordination and steps to be taken in the face of the continuing eruption of the Mount Agung volcano to help restore the Island’s tourism sector.

As reported by Metrobali.com, the working meeting was chaired by the chairman of the DPRD-Bali, Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, and attended by key members of the DPRD-Bali and Provincial Government Agencies.

Governor Pastika told those in attendance that strategic steps must be taken in the areas of providing housing for those who have evacuated the areas surrounding the mountain, logistical support for the now homeless, creation of employment opportunities, and steps to restore Bali’s tourism industry.

The Governor outlined plans to restore tourism arrival numbers including meetings with foreign consuls assigned to Bali to persuade them that the Island remains safe to visit on holiday. At the same time, the Central Government in Jakarta have been asked to bring major events and conferences to Bali. Adding: “We have used technology to make Bali’s (safe) condition ‘go viral’ by including personal testimonies from foreign visitors to the Island. We are using our maximum effort to use every tool at our disposal to restore the tourism industry to health.”

A Return to Agriculture?

Separately, Governor Pastika invited the younger generation to start looking for their future in sectors outside tourism. He said now if the time to revitalize Bali’s agricultural sector. “Now is the time to think how to avoid unemployment for people working in tourism. Maybe now is the time to return to agriculture; let’s return to our birthright – farming and livestock development,” said Pastika.

In response to complaints from evacuees who say they are now unable to meet loan obligations with banks, the Governor said he was in talks with Indonesian monetary authorities for special consideration to be given to loans held by those evacuated from areas surround Mount Agung.


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