Sago Noodles

MISCELLANY 28.05.2016

The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is developing the healthy sago noodle for digestion because it has no negative effect for intestine and can reduce sago imports. As we know, Indonesia is the world's second largest consumer of noodles after China.

According to Engineer in Agro-Industry Technology Centre (PTA) -BPPT, Bambang Hariyanto, if used optimally, sago could become a component of food security. In other words, it can replace rice, corn or wheat

The result of the research of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) after harvesting showed that sago in Papua has complied of Indonesian National Standard (SNI)

As people have believed so far, consuming too much noodle will be dangerous for intestine. Theirbelief will not have any effect for local noodle because the sago noodle is not totally dangerous for the intestine.

The sago noodle only contains carbohydrate so that it has no negative effect for human intestine. Consuming sago noodle regularly is also believed to protect health, especially for people with diabetes

Listeners, Sago experts from the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Hashim Bintoro revealed that the area of sago in Indonesia exceeds 90 percent of the total area of corn in the world. He also said that sago plantation area in Indonesia reaches 5.5 million hectares from 6.5 million hectares of total area of corn in the world. The amount of sago production of the plantations area should be used as a commodity of national food security

Hasyim explained that the development of carbohydrate sources such as rice and corn is still constrained by land area problem. Especially, in Java, many land areas have been switched to otherfunctions. Besides, another carbohydrate source depends on weather and highly attention to the cultivation. Meanwhile, sago can grow wildly in Indonesian forest.

Therefore, the region of the eastern Indonesia recently is eyed as the sago producer to be empowered profitably. Besides, it will continue to be monitored and if it is possible, the development will be extended to all regions ofIndonesia. As a result, sago plantation and industry can grow rapidly and the Indonesian food security will be realized.



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