Tabanan County is rich in local fruits. A total of 544 units of gebogan arrangement using local fruits were paraded on Thursday (Nov 28). Due to being in large number, the length of the parade reached one kilometer. The parade was released at the regent’s office and ended at the Mario Playhouse, Tabanan. This first parade recorded in the Record Museum of Indonesia involved 288 subak organizations and farmer groups.
All fruits in use were entirely local products such as mangosteen, papaya, oranges, snakefruit, pineapple, banana and passion fruit. They were the agricultural yields originated in 10 subdistricts in Tabanan. “The parade is intended to promote local fruits of Tabanan. Our region retains a lot of quality fruit products,” said the Head of Tabanan Agriculture and Horticulture Agency, Nyoman Budana. He explained the gebogan arrangement was prepared by subak members by using their respective crops. It aimed to promote the use of local fruits.
Budana said the demand for fruits in Bali remained high, ranging from the use for ceremonial purposes to supply hotel consumption. Such high demand could be met by local fruit crops. “We want to show off that Tabanan has many quality fruits,” he said. All the gebogan arrangements were entirely had the height of 50 cm. Meanwhile, there were also gebogan made of tubers and vegetables as high as three meters. Most interestingly, a car was also decorated with various crops in the form of barong effigy.
The parade of gebogan walked down the main road section from the office of Tabanan Regent and ended in front of the urban park area. The attraction organized in conjunction with the 520th anniversary of Tabanan Town became an interesting spectacle for residents. Commander of the IX/Udayana Military Regional Command, Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, made his time to join the gebogan parade.
Meanwhile, the Regent of Tabanan Eka Wiryastuti hoped the gebogan parade could encourage the public interests in Tabanan to use local fruits. Moreover, the quality was not less competitive against the imported fruits. Even, the mangosteen of Pupuan had been awarded a patent by the Ministry of Agriculture. (BTN/kmb)