BULELENG -Buleleng regency, Bali, developed a tobacco plant of 610 hectares in 2018, involving local farmers, an increase of 174 hectares or 39 percent over the previous year of 436 hectares.
Head of the Department of Agriculture of Buleleng Regency Nyoman Genep, in Singaraja, Monday (30/4/2018) explains, in addition to increasing the area of tobacco, also increase the development of varieties, i.e. from planting only Virginia tobacco, now farmers also grow white tobacco and tobacco types chopped.
“Most of the farmers grow virginia tobacco, and the development of other types is still low,” said Nyoman Genep.
Farmers in the northern coastal area of Bali Island in the 2018 planting season are still in the process of preparing the land and seeding the tobacco seeds. Tobacco plantation areas are scattered in several villages in Sukasada sub-district, Buleleng subdistrict, and Sawan sub-district.
In the field of tobacco marketing in cooperation with two partner companies namely PT Gudang Garam area of 350 hectares and Bringin Bali 200 hectares.
Nyoman Genep explains, in the year 2018 is expected tobacco production can increase, because in recent years production decreased, because it depends on the influence of the weather.
“A few years earlier, tobacco production in Buleleng has plummeted due to unfavorable weather, but in the 2017 planting season the weather was very supportive, so the tobacco production jumped and the farmers got the most benefits,” said Nyoman Genep.
He always reminds tobacco farmers to keep considering the weather before starting to cultivate tobacco. Because tobacco cultivation is risky. But if weather support, this plant can give big advantage.