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Denpasar's Shrinking Agricultural Heritage

Officials Report Alarming Rate of Decline in Farm Lands within Capital's City Limits.

(9/15/2006) The Indonesian language DenPost reports that agricultural lands in Bali's capital are shrinking by 75 hectares per year due to increasing land demands from industry and housing developments.

According to I Gusti Ngurah Sumantara of the Denpasar government, the total acreage dedicated to farming in Bali's capital regency totaled 2,814 hectares in 2006, spread across 42 subak or traditional water right associations.

Government officials are hopeful that Denpasar's participation in this year's island-wide subak competition will help raise awareness of the importance of agriculture among Denpasar's residents, encouraging people to halt or at least slow down the fast-declining loss of farmlands in the capital.

At current rates of decline, Denpasar's agriculture land will disappear completely in little more than 2 decades.