31,5 Hectares of Unproductive Land is Planted with Bamboo

KINTAMANI

On a 31,5 hectare unproductive land at Songan village, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, bamboo are planted to support the local community economy as well as preserve ecology on the island.

“The plantation of bamboo seeds on 31,5 hectare land at the village is for six years,” said I Made Gunarta as the pioneer of Bali Spirit Festival at the area.

Bali Spirit Festival donated money from tickets selling for the community reach initiative program, which is partly used to support reforestation and community empowerment program (Bali Regreen).

He explained that the bamboo plantation is a part of Bali Regreen, for this year it focus on the area of Songan-B village, before it was at Ban village.

The reforestation forest and community empowerment program is held through cooperation with Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF).

“The beginning stage of bamboo seed plantation is on a five hectares land owned by ten families located at Banjar Alengkong and Bukit Sari,” he said.

From rough calculation, on one hectare we could plant 100 bamboo seeds based on its declivity and level.

The program won’t disturb the horticulture land that becomes the local people’ source of living.

The plantation is also expected to function as controlling erosion and recovering river stream, which is finally could help developing the village economy.

Not only planting trees, EBF also facilitated the local people to get knowledge on how to plant, to take care, harvest and regular harvest program.

Meanwhile, Arif Rabiek as the EBF Co Founder said that, now there are 100 hectare of waste and unproductive land on the island, which add the ecosystem burden per meter square.

On the other hand, each meter square bamboo planted will help absorbing carbon, reducing surround temperature, absorbing ground water and producing home industry woods.

“Bali Regreen aims at facilitating a region so that it develops continually. In the future, we will facilitate the establishment of bamboo area school at the village to develop people socio-economy through establishing cooperation and training about nurseries and cultivation,” he said.

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