I Wayan Tana stands next to the Resi Agastya sculpture in Malini Agro Park, Uluwatu, Bali. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
From Wasted to Living Land: Malini Agro Park
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
OCTOBER 31, 2020
Bali. Who would have guessed a wasted dryland can be transformed into an agricultural park?
The Malini Agro Park at Pecatu Village in Badung Regency, Bali, was formerly a dryland. It has now become an agropark filled with vegetables and fruits to thanks to the help of a 54-years old farmer, I Wayan Tana.
"[The word] 'Malini' originates from the Majapahit Lingga-Yoni [symbolism] which means fertility. In Sanskrit, it means a flower that blooms every day and always spreads its fragrance," Wayan said.
Bli Wayan, as he love to be called, has been cultivating the limestone land for two years. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced this educational farming site to close.
"The agropark must reopen immediately under strict health protocols. Ensuring hygiene for the food and beverages as well as the climbing route via feratta is also a must," Wayan said.
According to Wayan, farmers find it challenging to sell crops to the hospitality and tourism industry chain amid the pandemic. Despite being short in money, Wayan is still determined to help local farmers with Malini Agropark.
"Even though Malini and I also experience financial problems, I want Malini to raise every farmers in Bali with the same goal. Malini wants to bring farmers closer to the dining table so they can earn higher profit and be proud of their profession," Wayan said.