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Bali to Declare Dedicated Agricultural Lands

Plans to Preserve 81,000 Hectares of Farming Land Essential to Making Bali Self-Sufficient in Rice

(11/27/2011) Bali is planning to designate 81,000 hectares of rice production fields as dedicated agricultural lands in efforts to work towards making Bali self-sufficient in rice production.

Beritabali.com quotes the chief of the Bali Agricultural Service, Putra Suryawan, who says the implementation of areas dedicated to rice growing (perswahan abadi) awaits approval from the regencies and metropolitan administrations across the island.

“Based on regional regulations, we will try to inventory all lands to determine the locations for the dedicated rice growing fields that must be preserved and protected in order to make Bali self-sufficient in rice production,” explained Suryawan.

Suryawan said the change of function from agricultural lands to other pursuits represented a major challenge to those wishing to preserve agriculturally productive lands in Bali. He estimates that 140 hectares of agricultural land is lost each year in Bali, a figure that was as high as 1,000 hectares per year in the recent past.