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Poverty in Paradise

Baliís Northern Regency of Buleleng is Home to 40% of Islandís Poorest Villages

(2/10/2012) Beritabali.com reports 33 villages in the Bali regency of Buleleng are officially classified as "impoverished." This total earns the large, north Bali regency the undesired ranking as the area with the most number of poor communities on the island.

Bali, as a whole, has 82 impoverished villages where officials counts more than 35% of the resident families as living below the poverty line.

The vice-regent of Buleleng, Made Arga Pynatih, told Beritabali.com on Friday, February 2, 2012 that within the 33 poor communities existing in his regency there are an estimated 45,000 poor households. The overwhelming majority of these families depend on farming for their livelihoods.

“So, it is farming that has to be upgraded. Because of this, Buleleng is building a dam at Titab to improve irrigation in Buleleng. This is the only one, while the breadth of Buleleng east to west is 148 kilometers. Buleleng represents 24.51% of the total land area of Bali,” explained Made Arga Pynatih.

Pynatih admitted that his regency has thus far only managed to eradicate poverty in 3,700 poor households.

He estimates it will take Buleleng 19 years to completely eradicate poverty.