The success of Bandung County in developing the organic agriculture supplying the need of its community becomes an inspiration of Badung County in developing the tourist area of North Badung. Both regions have something in common such as mountains and cool atmosphere.
It was revealed when the Badung government organized the Development Information Week (PIP) to Bandung County denoting the continuation of similar activity in Surabaya. The entourage led by the Regent of Badung AA Gde Agung was received by the Regent of Bandung, H. Dadang Mochamad Naser.
Regent Gde Agung said that North Badung was geographically similar to Bandung County and potential to develop horticultural crops as done in Bandung, West Java. Geographic and weather conditions as well as rainfall supported the development of horticultural crops in the region.
Regent Dadang Mochamad Naser said at the moment his party no longer relied on foreign agricultural products. His party had created its own food by empowering local communities. Whoever the person remained involved in the organic-based integrated farming. Farmers were given guidance, even involved in collaboration with outside experts such as those from Korea. For example, the development of agriculture itself and cattle fattening were boosted so as not to bring in from Australia. “On May 20, we will hold a mushroom festival which is the result of Bandung farmers,” said the regent.
On that account, the Bandung County was ready to supply the needs such as vegetables, strawberry, mushrooms and green mustard for hotels and restaurants in Bali. “Bandung has adequate agricultural and horticultural products and they are even ready to be distributed to other regions,” he said.
Other than horticultural crops, the Bandung County is also known as producer of textiles, Majalaya T-shirts and Bandung paintings that have been sold in Bali. However, after the Bali bombing tragedy all businesses diminished. “Honestly, we were so sorry to hear the Bali bombing tragedy because many of our people sent their craft products to Bali,” he said. (BTN/015)