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'Bali is not only about tourism': Covid-19 prompts rethink for island's residents


Farm workers bring in the harvest in Bali. Many people have switched back to agricultural work after the tourism collapsed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Febriana Firdaus

Ni Kadek Erawati, 40, used to work in a villa in her village, Tegallalang, a Balinese district famous for its Instagram-able rice terraces.

But in March, her employer asked her to take a break until further notice. Her husband is unemployed and she needs to pay school fees for three children, but the only job she could find was working on a farm.

Villagers in Tembok harvest vegetables at a collective farm ...
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