Irrigation Water Taken by PDAM


Irrigation water in the traditional irrigation system in Bali (Subak) since several years ago was fought for by the drinking water regional company (PDAM) for the need of irrigation or tourism sector.

“This condision is also worsened with damage irrigation channel in the headwater as it is pegged for rice fields certificate making procedure that is switching function,” said the Head of Subak Research Center of Udayana University Prof Dr I Wayan Windia in Denpasar.

He said that the condition caused farmers became hesitate to plant and they feel it is more comfortable to sell their rice fields.

In the last five years, the agriculture lands switching function is up to 5.000 hectares or 1.000 hectares each year.

Windia added that in the process of trade rice field and putting BPN pegs, the subak administration is not involved as witness.

Therefore, BPN is inconsiderate putting pegs on the irrigation channel. Meanwhile, the notary (PPAT) also didn’t involve the Subak chief as witness.

If the rice fields in Bali decrease and irrigation water is hard to get, it is the sign that subak system inherited from generation to generation since thousands years ago will be collapsed.

This condition is worsened by expensive land and building tax, so farmers who have land in strategic location couldn’t afford the tax so the last solution is selling it to other people for any need rather than for farming.

For that reason, Windia said that Unud had made a pilot project in preserving ricefield and traditional irrigation system at Subak Lodtunduh, Ubud artist village, Gianyar Regency.

70 farmers who have rice field about 30 hectares have manners and courage not to sell their ricefield if it to be used for any other function than farming.

All farmers don’t sell their ricefield, if they need to there must be agreement that the rice field function could be persisted and guaranteed not to switch function.

He emphasized that if all Balinese farmers have courage and strong stand like farmers in subak Lodtunduh, Ubud, subak in Bali will stay strong and exist in the middle of economy development and tense competition.

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