Holidaying while learning something at Bali Botanical Garden

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Anton Muhajir,  Contributor,  Bedugul | Tue, 11/11/2008 10:54 AM | Supplement

During their one and a half years in Bali, Rogier Eijkens and his family have gone to Bedugul six times for a holiday. For Eijkens, a Dutch citizen residing in Padanggalak Sanur, holidaying in Bedugul is much better than going to Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and the like.

“If we come here for a holiday, my kids can learn about nature,” said Eijkens, who has two children with his Indonesian wife. In Bedugul, he went on, visitors can learn about plants, for example, the species, where the plants come from and what they are useful for.

Water, insect woes burden farmers

Anton Muhajir, Contributor,  Tabanan | Tue, 10/28/2008 10:27 AM | Bali

The farmers of Jatiluwih are facing hardship as their crops are destroyed not only by the wereng insect and a mystery disease, but as water springs around the village dry up.

Lying on the northern tip of Tabanan, Jatiluwih is one of the island’s main rice producers, with more than 300 hectares of rice fields. The vast landscape of beautifully terraced paddies also makes Jatiluwih, some 60 kilometers north of the island’s capital Denpasar, one of Bali’s main tourist attractions.

One of the local farmers, I Wayan Sukabuana, said conditions began to change around three years ago.

“Three years ago the water springs started producing less water than before,” he said.

Post-harvest processing helps cocoa farmers

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Thu, 09/18/2008 10:34 AM  |  Surfing Bali

The establishment of a Cocoa Processing Unit (CPU) in Tabanan regency has helped the local cocoa farmers to get better prices and to avoid the trap set by the tengkulak (village-level commodity middlemen).

The CPU is the result of collaborative efforts between PT Big Tree Farm, an agricultural commodities’ trading company, with Amarta, the agro-business initiative funded by USAID. Amarta built the processing plant, while PT Big Tree Farm manages the commercial aspects.

The facility lies at Lalanglinggah village in West Selemadeg and not far from around 4,000 hectares of cocoa plantations operated by local farmers.

Bali farmer discovers benefits of going organic

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Anton Muhajir, Contributor, Tabanan

When I Gede Hanjaya’ wife Franziska Rapp was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctor suggested she undergo surgery and avoid foods with chemical additives.

Hanjaya, a successful garment manufacturer, changed his life to do so. Leaving his business, he developed an organic farming site in his hometown of Tabanan regency, around 70 kilometers west of Denpasar.

“I wanted to produce healthy food for my family,” he said.

For the last 10 years, Hanjaya and his family have consumed fresh, chemical- and pesticide-free produce, with good results.

Bali's Subak museum faces the threat of closure

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The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 07/08/2004 10:40 AM | Life

Anton Muhajir, Contributor/Tabanan, Bali

The fact that most young Indonesians would rather be anywhere else but a museum on their days off is not so much a cultural problem, as a management failure on the part of our museums.

Take, for example, Subak Museum in Kediri village, Tabanan regency, Bali, which is dedicated to Bali’s traditional irrigation system, called subak, and its meaning to the survival of the Balinese.

Kosongnya Kandang Ayam Kami

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Kalau semua ayam sudah mati, lalu saya mau buruh ke siapa?” tanya I Kadek Yoga seperti bergumam. Buruh peternakan ayam itu melihat ke arah dua kandang di depannya.

Satu kandang hanya tersisa tak sampai sepuluh ekor. Satunya lagi malah kosong melompong. Tiga ekor ayam tergeletak di tanah bercampur kotoran ayam. Siang itu, Kadek Yoga hanya bersarung dan bertelanjang dada. Sejak pagi, dia mempersiapkan diri untuk balik ke kampungnya.