Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · An Island in Need of a Pied Piper
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

An Island in Need of a Pied Piper

Waves of Rats Destroying Rice Harvest in at Least Three Regions of Bali.


Bali News: Bali, Rat plague, Ginayar, Tabanan, Badung, I Gusti Made Agung, Riang Gede, rice cultivation in Bali, Jero Ketut, rat cremation.
Click Image to Enlarge

(8/3/2009)

Kompas.com reports that a plaque of crop-destroying rats are attacking farms in a number of areas of the island, with the worst affected regions in Tabanan, Badung and Gianyar. Farmers, many of whom are now facing a potentially tragic third cycle of failed crops, are blaming climate change for the army of rats that have denuded 72 hectares of agricultural land and threaten a further 472 hectares.

The Badung regency has suffered an especially hard hit, affecting large areas of that district where crops have been decimated by unusually large influx of rats believed to have migrated from the adjoining Tabanan regency in search of food. Tabanan agricultural officials estimate that in 2008 some 70 hectares of rice and corn crops were destroyed by the marauding rats. The worst affected sub-district was Riang Gede in Penebel where 57 hectares of crops have been wiped out. Next door, in the Gianyar regency, a total of 14 hectares of crops have been ruined since the beginning of 2009.

The Chief of the Agriculture and Plantations Department for Badung, I Gusti Made Agung, said on Monday, July 27th, that the destruction of agricultural crops was worst in Mengwi which is now entering into its traditional harvest season. Valuable seed nurseries, covering 20 are (2,000 square meters), have been attacked by the rodents. Badung officials have distributed rat poison in the affected region and urged farmers to undertake mass killing programs against the rats.

Officials are concerned that the current plague of rats will adversely affect rice production in Bali this year. Overall, rice production has decreased over the past two years due to reduced agricultural lands and pestilence. In 2007, the total amount of land under rice cultivation reduced from 150,577 to 145,030 hectares. This resulted in a reduction of rice production from 840,891 to 839,775 tons.

Made Raka, a farmer from Tegan, Kapal in Mengwi told Kompas.com that as the result of rat attacks, he has failed to harvest 6,000 square meters of corn planted last June, causing him a financial loss of Rp. 5 million (US$490). Raka is concerned that his losses will soon grow with his new 25-day-old crop now under assault by rodents. He described how young rice plants that have fallen after being eaten by rats. His efforts to poison the animals have been unsuccessful, with rats continuing to increase in his planting fields.

In more normal times, the Balinese foster a more peaceful rapprochement with the island's rodent population. Rats, given the nick-name of Jero Ketut, are more often chased away from rice fields than killed. And, when killing is unavoidable, ceremonies in which the rates receive a religiously prescribed cremation are carried out.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

   

 
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
No More Dog and Pony Shows, Please!
Editorial: The Lack of a Public Hearing Process in Bali is Leading Bali into Murky Dangerous Waters on Non-Transparency
(12/19/2014)
For Instant Gas Relief
Pertamina Says it will Go Ahead with ‘Perfectly Safe’ LNG Depot at Bali’s Port of Benoa
(12/19/2014)
A Sinking Feeling
PT Pelni Doubles the Maximum Passenger Limits on its Passenger Ships Over the Year End Holiday Period
(12/13/2014)
What a Difference a Day Makes
Provincial Workers in Bali Government Granted Only a One-Day Holiday at Galungan
(12/13/2014)
When is Enough, Enough?
While Government Targets 20 Million Foreign Tourists by 2019, Concerns Expressed Regarding Carrying Capacity of Indonesia’s Tourism Infrastructure
(12/13/2014)
Tax and Service Included
Requirement to Include Airport Service Charge in Price of Airline Tickets Postponed until March 1, 2015
(12/13/2014)
From the Past, into the Present, for the Future
An exhibition of Batik by Museum Kain at the Ganesha Gallery in Bali from December 25, 2014 – January 2, 2015
(12/13/2014)
What's Cooking for Christmas?
Bali Culinary Professionals Christmas Party on Saturday, December 20, 2014
(12/13/2014)
90% Arrivals from Domestic & Regional Sources
Bali by the Numbers: While November Foreign Tourist Arrival Dip, Bali Likely to End 2014 with 3.7 million Foreign Visitors
(12/19/2014)
Sounds of the Season
Bali Community Choir in Concert of Christmas Music on Friday, December 19, 2014
(12/13/2014)
Lavishing on our Lavatories
Governor Identifies Clean Toilets at Government Offices as Fundamental to Good Public Service
(12/13/2014)
Benoa Bay: Ankle Deep in Troubles
Increasing Shallowness of Benoa Bay Underlines Need to Revitalize the Area’s Natural Environment
(12/13/2014)
All [News]!