Organic Salak from Sibetan Village Set to be Developed

Salak is a species of palm tree native to Java and Sumatra in Indonesia which is cultivated in other regions in Indonesia. With scientific name Salacca zalacca, this food crop is also naturalized in Bali. Sibetan Village in Karangasem Regency is known for its salak Bali commodity. A hereditary salak business became the main livelihood for local citizens.

Unfortunately, organic salak cultivation has not been able to bring prosperity due to the same sales result with non-organic salak.

Besides that, organic salak farm has not been developed into agro tourism in order to give additional value to the farmers from the vast development of tourism sector in Bali.

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Community service team from Universitas Udayana, run by Prof. Dr. Ir. I Nyoman Rai, M.S., Dr. Ir. Sri Mulyani, M.P., I Putu Sudana, S. Par., M.Par. and Ir. I Wayan Wiraatmaja, M.P., is offering education and accompaniment towards developing the Organic Salak Sibetan Village “Bujangseta” with a goal to verify the products and their utilization as agro tourism site, using grant funding from Pengabdian Program Udayana untuk Masyarakat (Puma).

The social service targeting the group of farmers Kerta Semaya Sibetan Village is aiming to get organic salak able to bring prosperity to the local citizens by integrating it as agro tourism. It is done through education and accompaniment to make sure salak bear fruit throughout the year, utilization of other part of the plants, and strategic development to market and brand the final products.

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