DENPASAR, NNC - Bali is known for its various natural beauty, cultural diversity and horticultural potential.
Now the Island of Gods also has the potential to produce dragon fruit. Ketut Gede Anom Sayoga and I Wayan Kantra are pioneers of organic dragon fruit farms in Bali who are able to see the opportunities and great potential of dragon fruit development in Bali. They tried to change the unproductive barren land into an expanse of dragon fruit farm lands.
Kantra is able to produce 50 tons per hectare in an area of 13.5 ha with plants aged around eight years. His land is located in Bulian Village, Kubu Tambahan Subdistrict, Buleleng Regency.
Kantra and Sayoga utilize fermented cow manure into organic fertilizer. Besides processing cow manure into organic fertilizer, he is also able to produce biogas.
The potential for export market for dragon fruit to developed countries is wide open. However, in exporting fruit products, it cannot be separated from export barriers, namely the presence of phytosanitary requirements that require imported products to be free from quarantine pests of importing countries and safe for consumption.
Faced with these challenges, the two pioneer farmers are now accompanied by the Provincial Agriculture Office of Bali, the UPTD of the Food Crops and Horticulture Protection Agency (BPTPH) of the Province of Bali and the Agriculture Office of the Buleleng Regency to continue to improve products and quality both on the land and in the collecting houses. One of the efforts taken is mitigating the handling of pests that are of concern to importing countries, registering gardens according to GAP and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and improving collecting houses’ facilities according to standards.
"We are ready to escort and guide Balinese dragon fruit farmers in an organic and environmentally friendly manner so that their products are environmentally friendly and highly competitive in both local and international markets", said the Head of Bali Province BPTPH UPTD, Swastika.