Rice fields Denpasar Remain 2.519 Ha

DENPASAR

Department of Agriculture of Denpasar admitted that uncontrolled development makes the agricultural land dredged. Each year, about 30 hectares of rice fields become residence. The production of rice for people needs in Denpasar becomes less than it should be.

Observation done on several productive rice fields on Sunday (22/9) such as at Jalan Sedap Malam, Jalan Akasia, and Jalan Tukad Balian Denpasar, showed that construction keep happening. As a result, many houses stand in the middle of the rice fields. Besides housing, several restaurants also take over the productive agricultural areas.

Regarding this problem, the Head of department of Agriculture food Crops and Horticulture of Denpasar Gede Ambara Putra admitted that each year there are many land switch from rice field to residence.

“We record there are 20-30 hectares of agricultural land shrinking every year,” he said in the side lines of Sanur Village Festival press conference.

Based on the data summarized from Department of Agriculture, Food Crops and Horticulture of Denpasar, the number of remaining agricultural land is 2,519 hectares. In fact, five years before, it was 2,717 hectares.

It means that in five years, 198 hectares of agricultural land shrinking. The shrinking occurred almost equal in four districts in Denpasar, but the widest occurred in West Denpasar district.

“There are many factors causing it, one of them is economy factor and the region development,” he explained.

Besides for housing, many building for business also establish on the productive agricultural land. Thus, rice production of Denpasar is far less compared to the residents’ need.

“We lack of rice, its production only 32 thousands tons per year, while people need 80 thousand tons,” he said.

So far, to fulfil the people need, he said, many rice supplied from other regions outside Denpasar. Meanwhile, to anticipate the decrease of agricultural land he had distributed funds and various programs to support farmers’ welfare.

In relation to this, Denpasar parliament proposed so that government of Denpasar city to take firm action. In reality, many regions that have zero Basic Building Coefficient (KDB) or prohibited area for any building establishment, but the government then issue permission to build.

“There should be firm action, even if needed intimidated effect should be made for anyone violating the rule,” said the Vice chairman of Denpasar Parliament Wayan Mariyana Wandira.

What happened so far is that the government seem let it happen, so that agricultural land shrink every year reaching dozens hectares. Thus, firm action from the government is definitely needed.

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