Agriculture and Tourism Synergy Have Double Impact

DENPASAR ~

Academician from Udayana University, Prof. Dr. Wayan Windia said that the technology development in traditional agriculture irrigation organization (subak) in Bali with the economic sector, especially tourism, is able to give a double impact.

“The synergy between the two fields is able to increase agriculture production and increase the diversity of attractions so there are many alternative choices for foreign tourists in enjoying their holiday in Bali,” said Chairman of the Research Center of Subak Udayana University, in Denpasar.

The Professor of agriculture said that in the synergy of the two sectors, subak is active and tourism sector is passive.

While agriculture remains the primary sector, as well as in the context of the utilization of the subak as the area of tourism (ecotourism).

Therefore, the government has been doing a lot of activities, such as holding meeting of consumers (tourism) and producers (agriculture).

During the meeting, it is expected to establish contact and then have the contract between both parties. However, the program does not seem to help farmers.

Prof. Windia reminded that this condition is due to the payment from the hotel is not done immediately, but still waiting for a couple of months later. That has caused farmers cannot strongly survive in such conditions.

In addition there are many other obstacles, in which the parties ultimately taking advantage are merchants whose capital is strong and large.

“Synergy of agriculture and tourism will be successful if there is interference from the government in the form of regulations, by establishing a market system that is profitable for farmers,” said Prof. Windia.

On the other hand, a number of farmers who gather in the Subak Ceking area, Tegallantang, Gianyar, Jatiluwih Region, Penebel, Tabanan Regency and the area that has just started its development in Subak Lod tunduh, Ubud, Gianyar start implementing it.

Synergy of agriculture and tourism with many variations, but it is a very useful type, which benefit farmers and control the land conversion, such as in Jatiluwih Subak, there is agreement among farmers to preserve agricultural land as rice field area.

While in the area of Ceking, Tegallantang, Gianyar, four members of Subak obtained the contribution of Rp250,000 each per six months. The contribution is obtained from the traders who exploit the natural scenery of the subak area.

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