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Tourism as a Threat to Bali's Agriculture

Bali Academic Warns of Growing Competition for Farm Land and Drinking Water.

(2/13/2010) The National news agency Antara reports that a leading academic at Bali's Udayana University has expressed the concern that if Bali's tourism industry is left uncontrolled it will affect the delicate balance of local agriculture.

Professor Dr. I Wayan Windia, Dean of the agricultural faculty said, "fast growing tourism is feared to eventually consume agricultural lands for the construction of tourism facilities." The professor is also concerned over the growing competition for drinking water and irrigation water together with the steady shift of labor from agricultural pursuits to tourism work.

On the positive side, Professor Dr. Windia admits the employment opportunities in tourism are helping to absorb Bali's local workers who are increasingly faced with little prospects of gainful employment within the agricultural sector.