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Bali Government To Develop 3,100 Acres Of Rice Fields For Tourism

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A Senator of the Tabanan region has confirmed that they will develop thousands of acres of rice fields in Tabanan into tourist spots.

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The Secretary of Commission I from Tabanan House of Representatives, I Gusti Nyoman Omardani, confirmed that 3,100 acres of rice plantations in the southern part of the Tabanan region are to be replaced with tourist spots.

This is because most of the existing rice fields in these areas have become significantly less productive in the last several years.

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“We plan to switch the function of 3,100 acres of rice fields from Nyanyi Beach, Kediri to Soka Beach, Selemadeg in South Tabanan. We will turn them into tourist areas due to their lack of a permanent irrigation system,” Omardani said.

He also explained that many rice fields in these areas have already been turned into residential areas.

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Omardani plans to present a top view image taken by a drone to the central government as part of his proposal.

“We will present the requirements to the central government, including the top view image as requested. We plan to develop some parts of our rice plantations, while the remaining 16,200 acres of rice fields will continue to operate normally,” Omardani concluded.

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Thursday 24th of March 2022

Been visiting Bali since th seventies. Seen beautiful places such as jimbaran, seminyak, ulawatu and, particularly, canggu which use to be mainly rice paddies, coconut trees and tropical shady tracks to th beach, become grubby looking places with no charm, shop upon shop (mostly empty of clients) full of cheap accommodation also mostly empty. It's like one place gets destroyed for th wants of a tourist, then th next and so forth. Instead of digging up another two thousand lush and beautiful rice paddies how about demolishing that place called Kutha and re-hashing it into a tropical paradise with naturally growing rice paddies, lush organic fruit parklands and timber and thatched roof bungalows with a few sacred cows roaming th tracks? Then we wouldn't have to pollute th planet trying to avoid those places mentioned by driving miles outta town to somewhere which still, remotely, resembles the real Bali.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 24th of March 2022



Friday 25th of March 2022

@Wayan Bo, At least theres one thing we both agree on : )

Pan Demi

Thursday 24th of March 2022

this is an upside down and crazy mindset towards the dollar instanly that ends up killing itself, especially the local appeal of bali

Paul Speirs

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Somebody is going to be very rich if this plan is activated but the local people will starve


Friday 25th of March 2022

@Paul Speirs, "We plan to develop some parts of our rice plantations, while the remaining 16,200 acres of rice fields will continue to operate normally,” Omardani concluded."

I doubt the Balinese will starve. Au contraire there may be jobs creation for the locals in that area. Even though many do not agree turning natural habitats into another tourist hot spot, ecosystem risk reduction planning should be laid out.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

This is a massive area to be converted into tourism zone. I read elsewhere that Bali want to transition away from tourism? - Tabanan coast line is approx. 25 km long. The 3100 acres (12.5km2) is roughly equivalent to a 0.5 km wide belt along entire Tabanan coast line. - Rice land is maybe 3 Juta/area. Now converted to tourism land the average freehold value as an example could be 100 Juta/are or USD7,000/are: 3100 acres = 125,450 are: Total value is then around USD 880 million… Of course, this has no bearing on their decision as it is already explained conversion is required due to poor irrigation;)


Sunday 27th of March 2022

@Martina, the giant hotels...developers build all around the rice fields and choke out the water way.


Thursday 24th of March 2022

@Exp, poor irrigation? I wonder why.