MISCELLANY 05.01.2017

Expedition of Widya Nusantara at Indonesian Science Institute -LIPI on April until August 2016 revealed that there is one kind of plant that can survive on the dry land. The plant is called Jewawut; it’s a kind of Serelia with small seed that has been becoming staple food in several countries, including in Indonesia. This plant contains protein and calcium; it is better than rice. The expedition scientist, Dwi Setro Rini said that this plant is found a lot in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. She also said that her team has found 13 kinds of this plant that can survive on the 150 until 900 meters above sea level.

One of Jewawut plants can be seen on the Wanggameti village, Wangganmeti Laiwangi National park, Sumba. The area is on 900 meters above sea level, but it is extremely dry. So, the moist and acidity tools that the researcher brought could be used into the soil. Dwi who studied the plant genetic said that Jewawut is an interesting phenomenon. If this research gains some results, it could become solution to use it as a staple food in Indonesia. 

Jewawut will answer Indonesian dependence on rice, corn and also rain fall for a year. Dwi hopes that this plant can be improved as staple food. Dwi added even though it still needs sustainable research, the survival of Jewawut can change plant potential on the climate change era like today.

Besides having good nutrition, being able to survive on the dry land, Jewawut also has high economic value. The farmers from Merigi Sakti and Merigi Kelindang of Central Bengkulu have started planting Jewawut. A kilo of Jewawut seed costs about Rp10,000.


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