Foreigners Sharecrop Farmland in Bali

Foreigners Sharecrop Farmland in Bali

When the profession as a farmer starts to get marginalized, the sharecropping of paddy field in Bali is even worked on by foreign travelers. The sharecroppers even cultivate the farmland with Balinese agricultural system so that the soil becomes loose and fertile. “The foreigners develop an organic garden as done by our ancestors,” said I

When the profession as a farmer starts to get marginalized, the sharecropping of paddy field in Bali is even worked on by foreign travelers. The sharecroppers even cultivate the farmland with Balinese agricultural system so that the soil becomes loose and fertile. “The foreigners develop an organic garden as done by our ancestors,” said I Gusti Nyoman Suastawa. Indeed, I Gusti Nyoman Suastawa, a resident of Bindu customary village, Bhuana Mekar, Abiansemal, Badung, is the man offering the program of farmland sharecropping to foreigners. “I only provide the farmland and then foreigners develop it with the concept of organic farming. They also develop intercropping pattern,” he said.

In the meantime, there are two foreigners showing their interest in becoming farmers, namely a Lithuanian and American making a team. “In the future, there will be another American wishing to cultivate Balinese herbal plants. He will choose the area of Tanah Hyang for the center of spiritual healing system,” he added. Lately, the owners of farmland in Bali are very difficult to find local people wishing to sharecrop theirs. Thus, the farmland does not function properly and is even turned over to investors to be ‘planted’ with concrete. “With the presence of foreigners working on farmland in Bali, in the future the government program to preserve paddy field will be realized because they apply organic concept, not chemical one,” he added.

The focus is not only on the outcome of farming, but also on the activities taken advantage for tourist attraction showed to foreign farmers from planting to producing. “We will also combine the farming with spiritual activities like agnihotra with the garden because it is a spiritual activity like a prayer to our garden so that it will result in harmony. Foreigners believe if plants are given positive vibration will produce healthy fruits for the body,” he explained.

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In the meantime, he has 2.5 hectares of vacant farmland and each sharecropper will be given 2,500 square meters. This time, the foreign farmers are planting vegetables, fruits, bananas, flowers and others. Flowers are deliberately planted because it can attract bees and insects to make the food chain get recovered. “Essentially, I’d like to combine the paddy fields with tourist object, the object of research and the attraction of farming activities,” he said. (BTN/015)

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