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.