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19 / 08 / 2017
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bali govt prepares bylaw to protect ‘subak’ farming

The provincial administration is ready to submit the draft of a bylaw on the protection of the island’s revered traditional farming and irrigation system, known as subak, to the Bali Legislative Council.

During the past several weeks, the administration organized public consultation meetings to introduce the draft bylaw to various elements among the general public. Subak has been a central pillar of Balinese traditional society and culture. Through Subak, Balinese farmers succeeded in not only creating an efficient and ecologically sustainable rice-growing culture but also in producing one of the most esthetic bodies of art and culture in the world. The bylaw will make it mandatory for those who want to use the water resources for non-agricultural purposes, to first gain agreement from the local subak. Presently, a water-bottling company could tap into a spring without the consent of the local subak, and a construction company could block an irrigation channel to force farmers to sell their rice fields.