Rice and fish: Dual function of rice fields among the Kasepuhan people in West Java

TitleRice and fish: Dual function of rice fields among the Kasepuhan people in West Java
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsAdimihardja, K
Secondary Title Indigenous knowledge and sustainable development: 25 selected papers presented at the international symposium held by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, September 20-26, 1992
Date PublishedSept. 21-25 1992
PublisherInternational Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
Conference LocationSilang, Cavite, Philippines
Keywordsaquaculture; ecology; fish culture; Java; Kasepuhan; rice; rice-fish culture

In West Java there is a group of people whose social world is considered to be almost completely based on traditional manners and custom. This particular community is the Kasepuhan people. They live on the slope of Mt. Halimun in the southern part of West Java. The Kasepuhan people still practice swidden agriculture, as well as wet rice agriculture. Until now they have refused the government proposal to change the planting and harvesting of rice from one to two times a year. This proposal is in conflict with their traditional belief. However, the government looks at this refusal as a protest to their agriculture development policy.

During the period of rest in the rice paddy field, fish are raised. This process brings economic as well as ecological benefits for the Kasepuhan people.

Research Notes

Papers presented at the symposium later published in one volume by IIRR. This is the 12 pp. CIKARD copy.

Number of pages

12 pp.

Short TitleRice and fish