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The Balinese rice terraces go back over 2,000 years when hard-working farmers with primitive hand tools began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hill sides.

Generation after generation has extended and kept them in meticulous shape out of necessity - rice is the staple food of the islanders.

Today's individual rice terrace farmers, as did their ancestors, join a community cooperative. Each informal agricultural mini-society establishes firm regulations on a local level. This helps ensure that the limited irrigation water is fairly allocated and that only so many farmers tap into the limited-flowing water at the same time. The community cooperative also makes sure that the complex irrigation system is maintained and that a farmer does not block the water from flowing downward to rice terraces below his.

Rice terrace cooperatives are a major reason why a farmer is able to get up to three crops per year from his paddies.
Source : www.hillmanwonders.com

Bedugul in North-Central Bali, is located at an altitude of about 1200 m (4000 ft). While climbing up to Bedugul, we encountered these terraced rice fields at the altitude of about 800 meters above the sea level. The air was clean, fresh and cool. I liked the play of the light & shadows of the clouds on the terraces and the misty hills beyond.

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