Bali’s Agricultural Sector Will Face A Significant Decline in The Fourth Quarter

The performance of agricultural business in the fourth quarter of 2020 is projected to be lower than the previous period due to the influence of weather conditions and certain trends of harvest season.

Rice terrace in Tabanan Regency, Belinda Fewings, unsplash.com/photos/E1prtB4uNu0

According to bali.bisnis.com, The Bali Agriculture and Food Security Agency (Dinas Pertanian dan Ketahanan Pangan Bali) was observed initiated a number of on-farm and off-farm programs to boost the performance of the agricultural sector, including the development of special varieties of rice, providing incentives for seeds, fertilizers and agricultural machinery, field assistance, market access, and financing schemes.

The Governor’s regulation No. 99/2018 encouraged the utilization of Bali agricultural, fishery and local products by demanding local businesses like hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and catering to use Balinese products.

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The problem lies on the improvement agricultural business which is unlikely to continue in the fourth quarter of 2020 due to the potential of La Nina phenomenon. La Nina was predicted to take place in the fourth quarter of 2020 so high rainfall would be expected. With high rainfall, the crop failure will likely hit the agricultural sector. Moreover, there is no certainty upon the possibility of harvesting food crops in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Speaking to the local media outlet, I Wayan Rahmanta, an economist from Udayana University voiced his opinion on this matter. He argued that the agricultural sector is very vulnerable to seasons. The decline in the contribution of the agricultural sector in the fourth quarter of 2020 is something imaginable due to the changing of weather by the late October.

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Despite its fame as the top tourism destination in Indonesia, agricultural business also known as another source of income for the island’s local residents. There is a great expectation towards the proper management of the local nature and agricultural sector in order to maintain the prosperity of the island.  

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Yasmin is a tourism and lifestyle reporter at thebalinews.com. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a major in International Relations from Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey. She is interested in domestic and international politics, as well as the study of diplomacy and development.