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motivation, paddy fields, rice, local culture
This study aims to identify the motivation of farmers who still maintain unproductive paddy field cultivation from the perspective of local culture. The data collection technique used in this research is a field research method through in-depth interviews with 15 respondents. The analytical method used in this research is descriptive qualitative analysis with the SWOT method. The results showed that farmers were motivated to maintain local culture in rice farming because using conventional equipment was suitable for processing rice fields which were relatively small in size and the land was hilly. the price is relatively cheap, and easy to obtain, the use of low costs, and there are still farmers who believe that creatures are considered to live in the supernatural that are outside the physical realm who can protect the environment by not cutting trees arbitrarily and burning them, can arouse mutual respect, and cooperation, raise a sense of concern for others, and uphold brotherly relations. Farmers are very proud if there is always rice or unhulled rice stored in the barn, if the rice or grain stored in the barn is sufficient if there is a rambu tuka' or rambu solo' ceremony. Weaknesses that farmers have such as starting to reduce cooperation, farmers have less belief in creatures that are considered to live in the supernatural that are outside the physical realm, and the success of modern technology, as well as changing times that can change the mindset of farmers. Opportunities that can be exploited are preserving the environment by not cutting trees arbitrarily and burning them, conventional equipment is cheaper than modern equipment, and the rambu tuka' or rambu solo' ceremony can attract both local and foreign tourists. The government must support local culture as an asset of the nation and state. Threats that may arise are poverty, conversion of paddy fields to the success of modern technology, and changing times that can change the mindset of farmers.