Yet to Fruit
There is disquiet about the level of imports of foreign fruit to Bali, on the grounds that this disadvantages local growers who are denied access to the premium market for their produce. Bali, along with the rest of Indonesia, produces fine fruit. There is a ready market for this at the customary low-cost end of the retail sector.
Apart from certain specialties, however, locally grown fruit is not a premium product. Little oranges and lemons, grown organically, may be better for you than some coddled high-end product that has benefited (so the assumption goes) from high-tech agriculture. But they are not consistent in quality, or supply, and don’t look as attractive.
Unfortunately Balinese seeking quality offerings for temple are also buying the premium imports. But in relation to mandated local purchase, one idea of the farm lobby here, the first thing to sort out is certainty of supply.Filed under: Editorial