Metekap, ploughing rice field using cows by Balinese farmer become an interesting sight for the tourists. This activity also becomes one of their favorite during their holiday in Bali. Not only taking pictures, the tourists often take part in doing it. This is what the tourists are doing in the Taman Sari Buwana Eco Tourism which is located in Subak Klasem, Banjar Beng Kaja, Tunjuk Village Tabanan. In this place, the tourists can do many farming activities such as Metekap. Eventough only being guided by the farmer, the tourists are very happy.
The farmer can transform the tourist into a famer, similar to them. Many activities can be joined by the tourists such as making offerings and its paraphernalia such as klatkat, klangsah and tipat. The activities can be done in the house of the locals in the village. The tourists are also must take part in teaching foreign language to the children especially those studying in the elementary school.
After that, the tourists will be taken to the rice field of Subak Klasem where they will experience to be a farmer. The tourists must wear farmer costume complete with the capil kukus (the hat the resemble a cone), then they can start to metekap. “For the tourists, metekap is like riding a fancy car,” Ketut Buana, the Head of Taman Sari Buwana Eco Tourism said.
Metekap is using traditional tools such as Uga which is to tie the cows and Tengala and Lampit to plough the land. “This activity is actually started to be forgotten by the local farmer due to the development of technology but the tourist live it very much,” Buana explained.
The tourists are also being introduced by the activity called Nuludin. This is when the famer make the soil even and then continued by Nandur which is planting the paddy backwards. The farmer starts to plant to on the left, two on the bottom and two on the right. “The tourist often amazed by this technique,” Buana said. This process obviously will make the tourist exhausted so they will be taken to look for coconut by memongkod of climbing the tree. If they don’t want to do it then they must use a long stick to get it. After that they will drink the water and eat the flesh.
Then, during lunch time, the farmer will take the tourists to do Ngebet Sela or picking cassava. It will be grilled using firewood. “The tourists are having fun because the activities are very unique and sometime funny for them,” Buana added. The tourists also will have a nice lunch in a hut where they will be served by traditional dishes such as tempe goring, urab vegetables, chicken satay and Gerang. “The activities in Subak Klasem are ended by eating together,” Buanan said. (BTN/015)