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The prospect of talas beneng or beneng taro cultivation

MISCELLANY, 3 OCTOBER 2015

Talas beneng a type of  original  taro root  from Pandeglang.  The name "beneng" is an abbreviation of Sundanese words namely,   besar (big)  and koneng (yellow). The origin   of taro or talas beneng is a wild plant in Mount Karang forest, Pandeglang. However, the current Banten  Local Government has cultivated talas beneng to be one of the staple food commodities in Banten province in order to strengthen food security.

Talas  Beneng tuber is  large with yellow flesh color. The plant size can be very large, about 2.5 meters with a maximum size of the bulbs can reach 10-20 kg / stem. Talas Beneng is known as a stem tuber plant  with  the  tubers grow on the stems  up to the top of the soil surface following the plant stem. So it can elongate/ grow tall according to the talas tree. Although this kind of taro  has entered the harvest period but not yet harvested, there won’t  be any  trouble with  the  tuber. This is unlike the popular  Talas Bogor, which,  if it has entered a period of harvest and  not harvested, then it  will rot.

In its growth, taro plants  do not need any  special growing requirements. Taro beneng is often  used  by local people to make  taro chips. Nevertheless, due to the limited tools and resources it is  mostly just being   peeled and grated  and then dried,  sent to Bogor to be made into taro powder in some factories. It can be used to make a variety of processed foods such as brownies cakes and others.

 The  Government of Banten is now  cultivating  taro beneng  to become one of the staple food commodities in Banten province in order to strengthen food security and reduce food  vulnerability. Talas beneng has great potential to be developed as a local food source. Its large size with high  protein content  and attractive yellow color are the advantages of taro beneng that become its  characteristics  that make it different from  other kind of taro.

The support from the state budget through partnership between the local government and private sectors in the development of local food is expected to spur food  diversity  and  the results of its products  development and utilization of taro beneng including can be popularized.

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