Koster Reminds Bali to Return to the Agricultural Sector
From the beginning, farmers have been more often the "victims" of middlemen. Not to mention that Bali sells more of the tourism sector, where agriculture is also supporting it.
Governor Wayan Koster considered Bali to be too engrossed in developing the tourism sector, leaving the main elements of the Balinese economy which is famous for its agrarian culture (agriculture, ed).
Bali Agriculture has proven itself to be one of the leading sectors on the Island of the Gods that has survived when Bali Tourism lost its tourists due to the Bali Bombings I and II and the Covid-19 pandemic that hit Bali and the world.
"By looking at this incident, we should pay attention to agriculture from upstream to downstream," said Koster.
The reason for the Governor of Bali from Sembiran Village, Buleleng, called for the real world of agriculture to be developed from upstream to downstream because he sees that recently the world of Balinese agriculture is very remote.
If it is noted, the agrarian culture has given birth to a subak community organization that specifically regulates the irrigation system (irrigation, ed) and has proven to be harmonious.
the relationship between humans and God, human fellow humans, and humans with their natural environment, so that it becomes an attraction for world tourism.
More than that, the existence of farmers in the Covid-19 pandemic situation is Balinese food security fighters who never know the time, but are left behind.
"Our agricultural world is very far behind, not to mention that our farmers are sulking because they are not given price certainty.
Our farmers are tired of hoeing, applying fertilizer, caring for their agricultural products, and harvesting crops, but the yields don't sell, "said Wayan Koster.
For this incident not to happen again, he firmly invited the Jembrana District Heads in particular, and the Regents / Mayors in Bali to pay attention to the fate of farmers by providing price certainty and providing the market.
"Now is the right moment to balance the Balinese agriculture sector, tourism with the Bali branding industry.
The way we handle it is more serious and more focused, the grain production which was previously taken by middlemen, must be controlled now, "he said.
So that this should not happen again and one has to think progressively, by not selling unhulled rice to other places or outside, because after turning it into rice, they sell it back to Bali.
In fact, in Bali, it has the potential to produce unhulled rice into rice, and if this is serious, then the Balinese will not lose their jobs and lose the economy.
Koster emphasized that the government is obliged to provide profit to farmers, not to harm farmers. To make it happen, we will assist in handling this farmer's assistance downstream in 2021.
Before waiting for 2021, the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster has issued Governor Circular Letter (SE) Number 15036 of 2020 concerning the Mutual Cooperation Krama Market in Bali.
as a breakthrough effort to overcome the marketing constraints faced by farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, and micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.