Floating Villages and Gardens of Inle Lake

Floating Villages and Gardens of Inle Lake

Most gardens are rooted in soil, where seeds are planted in plots of earth firmly connected to the ground. However, the communities residing near Taunggyi's Inle Lake employ a distinct approach to cultivate their crops. Instead of confining themselves to land, they have created a network of floating gardens that float on the water's surface.

Approximately one-fourth of this vast freshwater lake, which is the second largest in the country, is covered by these artificial gardens. Farmers navigate between their garden plots using boats, harvesting crops from patches of "land" that rise and fall with the water's movement.

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The primary crop produced in these unconventional gardens is tomatoes, constituting roughly 90 percent of the total yield. Depending on the season, farmers also gather beans, cucumbers, flowers, and gourds. Naturally, root vegetables struggle to thrive in such shallow conditions.

Establishing these miniature islands is a challenging undertaking. Farmers collect clusters of water hyacinth and seagrass and anchor them in place using large bamboo poles, which are firmly driven into the lake's muddy bottom. Subsequently, they pile additional layers of seagrass and silt on top of these mounds before sowing their seeds.

The practice of cultivating crops on the lake's surface rather than its periphery is believed to have originated in the 19th century and gained momentum in the 1960s. Although this unique farming method has bolstered the local economy, concerns have arisen over the potential damage to the lake's natural ecosystem caused by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and runoff.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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