Bali`s prefab house exports plunge

Bali`s prefab house exports plunge

Textile industry. (ANTARA/Hasan Sakri Ghozali)

Denpasar (ANTARA News) - The volume of Bali province`s prefabricated house exports plunged to 5,007 units worth US$4.23 million in 2011 from 98,417 units worth US$14.85 million in 2010.

"So the exports fell both in value and volume," Head of the Public Relations Bureau at the Bali Provincial Administration I Ketut Teneng said here on Sunday.

The drastic shortfall was closely related to the sluggish market as a result of the global economic slowdown that affected a number of export destinations, he said.

The prefabricated house of Balinese architecture becomes famous among the international community for its artistic and practical values.

Orders for Bali`s prefabricated houses are usually made when foreign buyers visit the world-renowned tourist island for vacation.

The export of prefabricated houses has encouraged the growth of fabricated house component industries.

"The export of fabricated house components has bright prospects. Every month the province ships fabricated house components abroad," he said.

Fabricated house is one of the province`s seven export commodities produced by small-scale industries. Last year, the commodity contributed 0.85 percent of the province`s overall exports which reached US$497.86 million.

The other six commodities are footwear, bags, canned fish, plastic products, textiles and garments.