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45% of Bali Residents Eking a Living from Agriculture

(4/16/2013) The State News Agency Antara reports that 45% of Bali’s population remain dependent on agriculture a source of their livelihood. Meanwhile, the contribution of farming to the provincial domestic product is a mere 19%, according to the Center for Subak Research at Udayana University.

 
“Growth in the agricultural sector is relatively small, around 2.1%. Small growth in the agricultural sector with many working in farming keeps productivity low,” explained Professor I Wayan Windia, chairman of the Subak Center.
 
At the same time, Bali’s agricultural sector receives little investment.
 
Windia said that the added value of investment in agriculture remains much lower that investing in other areas.
 
The average income of farmers in Bali is Rp. 2.5 million (US$250) working on a rice field of one hectare. The actual income is arguable one-third of this amount with most farmers working fields of only 0.30 hectare.
 
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