JAKARTADAILY.ID – Bali as a global popular tourist destination often faces the challenges of water scarcity, which threaten the livelihoods of the local populace.
Bali farmers, in particular, are facing the complexity of these problems in their day-to-day lives. At the same time, Bali also faces the challenges of endemic Rabies that threatens the lives of tourists and the local population.
Sustaining the lives, livelihoods, and tourism in Bali, therefore, requires a holistic approach, and this was one of the themes of the field visit on the last day of the G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Bali.
Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Qu Dongyu visited a UNESCO world heritage site in Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and interacted with the local officials and farmers.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace in Tabanan district in Bali is a reflection of the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana and Tri Mandala that maintain the harmonious relationships between the Gods, humans, and the environment --including animals and plants.
The rice fields have been applying an irrigation system called ‘Subak’ for centuries, which requires harmonious cooperation among different farmers, especially for water management. The ancient philosophy and practices have resulted in the stunning scenery of huge rice fields.
Qu Dongyu, together with a few other G20 ministers of agricultures and officials, enjoyed the scenery of beautiful rice field, interacted with farmers and local officials, and tasted locally produced Balinese tropical produces, such as coconut, banana, organic coffee, and mangosteens.