The province of Bali is seeking ways to increase the income of Bali farmers and bolster the Island’s agricultural sector.
The trend towards trade liberalization is a double-edge sword for Bali’s agriculturalists. On one level it will open the door of world trade to Balinese farms products, while, at the same time, allowing a freer flow of imported fruits and vegetable into Bali.
To safeguard the livelihoods of Bali farmers, the provincial administration is considering legislation requiring hotels to purchase 50% of all fruit produce from Bali sources.
Quoted by Radar Bali, the vice-governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta insists that Bali is already producing high quality fruit, admitting, also, that further improvements in quality are possible to enhance their competitive position vis-à-vis imported fruit.
Sudikerta is also encouraging legislation that would require the use of local fruit in Balinese religious offerings.
Ideally, according to Sudikerta, sanctions would be imposed on hotels and religious worshippers who failed in their legal responsibility to use local fruits.
Meanwhile, many hotels admit that local fruit quality is improving, but problems remain in obtaining a continuing, sustainable supply across the entire year.
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