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A Glut of Balinese Oranges

Bali Farmers Leaving Oranges Unpicked Due to Poor Market Demand

(8/31/2012) Orange farmers from Kintamani in the regency of Bangli are leaving their well-known “Jeruk Kintamani” hanging on the tree to rot due to low demand for the fruit.

Quoted by Seputarbali.com, Made Suara, a Jeruk Kintamani grower said, “The growers here cannot harvest their fruit due to the lack of traders wishing to pay a viable price.”

Meanwhile, the oranges are can be seen rapidly ripening hanging on the trees along the roads of Kintamani, some 60 kilometers northeast of Bali’s capital of Bali.

Farmers are reluctant to pick and sell their crops with prices paid by traders of only Rp. 4,000 (US$0.43) per kilogram, while the price for the oranges in Denpasar traditional markets reaches Rp. 10,000 (US$1.08) per kilogram and even higher in supermarkets.

Jeruk Kintamani farmers are complaining bitterly that there is low demand for the fruit, even during the Galungan holidays when fruit consumption traditionally peaks.